EXCLUSIVE: Couple with children aged one, three and seven say rats have put them under siege and made them prisoners in their own home
- Jamie Watson and his partner no longer feel safe to go into their own garden
- He has repeatedly asked Falkirk Council to take action but to no avail
A family with young children say they have been left prisoners in their own home after being besieged by a plague of outsized rats.
Jamie Watson and his partner, from Falkirk have told how they no longer feel safe to venture into their own garden because there are hundreds of rats up to ten inches long around their home.
Despairing Jamie says they’ve repeatedly begged their local council to take action but to no avail – despite one rat even attacking him.
He told MailOnline: ‘I was so shaken, I dropped to the ground screaming.’
Jamie, 30, who is a full-time carer for his disabled partner, has now spent over £200 on poison and traps to tackle the issue himself.
Jamie Watson and his partner, who have three children aged one, three and seven, say they have been left prisoners in their own home after being besieged by a plague of outsized rats
The couple say they no longer feel safe to venture into their own garden because there are hundreds of rats up to ten inches long around their home
Jamie, 30, is a full-time carer for his disabled partner who live in Falkirk
He’s seen countless live rats on his property and estimates there are dozens if not hundreds living close by – and has begun to find dead rats since putting down poison.
He said: ‘I first reported this to Falkirk Council three months ago, that’s the very first time I told them I had seen a rat. It ran out of my bin, jumped up on my garden wall and made it escape.
‘Two weeks later, I was in the garden and picked up a recycling bag of cans and there was a rat in it.
‘The rat jumped out the bag, and on to me, before running away. It must have been easily about eight to nine inches, it was massive.
Jamie added: ‘I was so shaken, I dropped to the ground screaming. I called the council right away, and again, they told me there was nothing they could do.
‘I can’t let my kids out in the garden anymore. It’s far too dangerous. If you get bitten by a rat, you could get ill or even die.
‘My garden is also full of traps and poison. But the rats aren’t going near any of it – it’s like they’re immune to it.’
Jamie went on: ‘The nice weather isn’t far away and I’m really worried it could make the infestation even worse. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the kids over the summer holiday either, they should be able to play in their own garden safely.
Jamie had a rat jump on him while he was picking up a recycling bag of cans
He says he’s seen countless live rats on his property and estimates there are dozens if not hundreds living close by
Him and his partner have repeatedly begged their local council in Falkirk to take action but to no avail
The couple, who have children aged one, three, and seven, says it’s now starting to have an impact on his mental health.
And he fears with the warm weather approaching, the issue could become even worse.
‘It’s causing a lot of stress,’ he said. ‘The last thing I need is the worry about rats and the potential of them getting into my house.
‘They are literally eating everything. They’ve chewed holes in the concrete and my waste bins. It’s insane.
‘I don’t understand why the council can’t just hire a company and sort it for us. I can’t afford to be paying £200 a month.
‘If I want to go for a nice meal with my family, I can’t because I’m having to spend any spare cash we have on traps and poison to kill rats.’
Rat bites can be linked to a number of diseases, and health professionals say that anyone bitten by one should seek medical attention immediately.
One of the biggest threats to humans is that rats carry Leptospires, which can cause Weil’s disease if they are bitten or come into contact with rat urine.
Jamie has now spent over £200 on poison and traps to tackle the issue himself
He has begun to find dead rats since putting down poison
The rats have chewed holes in the concrete and the family’s waste bins
Jamie went on to say: ‘I’m terrified to even touch my bin lids. Who knows if they’ve intimated on it.
‘I’m constantly having to wash my hands or wear gloves because I’m so paranoid about catching something which could kill me.
‘It’s absolutely shocking the council aren’t doing anything to help up. I told them that I was for leaving my house and they informed me that if I did that, I wouldn’t be put on the housing list for six months.
‘They also said that they wouldn’t give me homeless accommodation. I’m constantly looking for a new house. We can’t stay here.’
A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: ‘We don’t have a pest control service and haven’t had for a while.’
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