Mum a ‘nervous wreck’ after plague of rats leave house ‘smelling like a mortuary’

A mum says a rat infestation has left her home smelling like a mortuary as they continue to riot in her loft and inside the walls.

Emma Valentine, 42, shared some horrifying images and claimed the rodents are turning her into a nervous wreck.

Her council-owned Leeds house became overrun with the animals and she says the problem is making her family’s lives a misery.

Speaking to LeedsLive, she says the local authorities have failed to get to the bottom of the on-going issue.

Emma lives in the property with her two young children and she fears the family of rodents will soon make their way into their bedrooms.

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said they were happy to visit and carry out the work needed.

Even though the council has sent out pest control on numerous occasions, she says they need to stamp out the issue once and for all.

She said: “I’ve lived here eight years in August and it’s been going on all that time.

“It’s outrageous, now I’ve got rats dying in the cavity behind the radiator in my bedroom.

“It’s shocking. My youngest is five years old and is terrified on a night hearing them in the loft fighting.

“My house smells like mortuary at the minute so I’m having to go out during the day as the smell is unbearable now. I’m scared they are going to come into the living quarters it’s that bad now, I’m a nervous wreck if truth be told.”

After contacting the council on several occasions, pest control has been sent out to the property, but Emma insists it doesn’t resolve the problem – adding that it’s easy for the rats to travel up and down her street.

She said sending out pest control is a “losing battle”.

The mum added: “The fact is no prevention works are carried out. Just pest control. That’s like trying to fix a puncture with a plaster it will never work.”

“On my front doorstep you can see where they are digging to get in. They’ve brought fleas into my home, honestly it’s a nightmare.

“Last year I had to burn my kids Wendy house on stilts down because the the rats got inside and destroyed it all over the winter. It was a giant nest.”

Emma says being forced to live with the rats and their “gut-wrenching” smell has left her feeling embarrassed.

“I’m embarrassed to have people visit because of the smell,” she said.

“I’m very house proud, so this makes me feel so dirty that we have to live like this.”

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “We have attended this property a number of times in recent years, including 2016, 2017 and 2020.

“With signs of rats having been present at the property, we took appropriate action – including the installation of traps and bait trays – and on each occasion the infestation was eradicated.

“If Ms Valentine is experiencing further problems then our pest control service would be happy to visit the property again and look at carrying out additional work.”