Autistic girl terrified as home overrun with rats leaves family scared to visit

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A family has been left “terrified” in its own home as it was “overrun” by rats and mice. Their home has been burdened with rodents for some years but is now reaching an “unbearable” level.

Mother-of-one Patricia Barnes lives on Borough Road in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

She said she was “terrified” her 22-year-old autistic daughter could be bitten or worse by the rodents.

She told the Liverpool Echo that the creates started to be seen in her house around five years ago.

But “in the last few weeks, it’s gotten so much worse”.

The rodent problem continues to this day.

Other family members have also stopped visiting the house because of the problem.

Patricia said: “My daughter is terrified through the whole night every night, disturbing every neighbour on our road.

“I’m now scared stiff that she’ll pick one up.

“She’s severely autistic. Yesterday, as I dressed her, inside her coat pocket there were two live mice.”

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Patricia acts as a full-time carer for her bed-bound mother.

She said: “My extended family won’t even come over any more as they say it’s so horrible.

“Me and my daughter shouldn’t have to live like this. I’m lost.”

Patricia has laid traps to deal with the issue, and has contacted local support but was told she would have to “pay for [pest control] or get traps”.

A spokesperson from Sanctuary House, which owns and manages Patricia’s row of buildings, said: “This issue appears to originate on waste ground not owned by Sanctuary, near the local shop and pub, and where groundwork is currently being undertaken in the area. We have made the local authority aware of the concerns that have been shared with us and also advised our tenants to contact the environmental health team locally too.

“We arranged for a specialist pest control contractor to meet with our tenant on September 5 and investigate the issue. While our contractor was unable to gain access that day, we have agreed a new appointment for September 20 and can reassure all our residents that we are taking this issue very seriously.”

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