Anger at ‘major’ rat infestation in home

Karen Farina from South Elmsall. Rat problems.'h7074a148
Karen Farina from South Elmsall. Rat problems.'h7074a148

RATS the ‘size of cats’ have invaded the home of a South Elmsall grandmother.

Karen Farina, 50, of Langthwaite Lane, said the rodents were breeding in her loft and had gnawed through her kitchen cupboards.

She said the rats had been roaming around her home and nearby houses since September - but, despite numerous complaints to Wakefield Council, nothing had been done.

She said: “It’s a major infestation and I think it is absolutely disgusting that this is allowed to happen in this day and age.

“My five-year-old granddaughter is supposed to be staying at the weekend and I don’t want to have to expose her to this environment.

“There are loads of them and they are dirty and carry so many diseases. One of my neighbours saw one and it was the size of a cat.

“It is a health hazard and I think it is just disgusting.”

Mrs Farina said a council worker came out several weeks ago and told her they were “on with it”, but has not heard anything since.

She said: “I just can’t believe the council are allowing this.”

She has been forced to take the matter into her own hands and had laid down traps and rat poison.

Mrs Farina said: “I am livid about it and think something needs to be done to get rid of them. I can hear them running about at night. They keep me awake.”

She thinks the rats appeared after being disrupted when the council carried out work on the drainage system near her home several months ago.

Glynn Humphries, service director for communities, said: “The pest control team has recently carried out treatments for rats within a small number of properties on Langthwaite Lane, South Elmsall, and future treatments have been agreed with residents in order to ensure that we solve the problem.

“Investigating officers are currently working with local residents and Yorkshire Water as part of the ongoing process of identifying any possible sources of the infestation.”