Mum films rat stealing daughter’s bourbon biscuit inside vermin-infested home
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A young mum filmed a rat stealing her five-year-old daughter's chocolate biscuit after she dropped it in a vermin-infested house.
Kia Selway said her home in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, has become so overrun with rodents that her little girl is afraid to fall asleep at night.
The 23-year-old has been renting the property with Merthyr Valleys Homes housing association for more than four years.
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The mum has described how her daughter Aria had been eating chocolate bourbon biscuits in the bath one day when she dropped one onto the floor.
A large rat materialised from behind the pedestal of the hand basin and whisked it away – but not before she managed to catch the moment on camera, Wales Online reports.
"I've also got video of them scuttling around the kitchen," said Kia.
"In one clip, you can see a large rat running along the skirting and disappearing behind the washing machine.
"It all started about three weeks ago when I came downstairs one morning to find two rats sitting on the kitchen countertop eating their way through a loaf of bread.
"Since then it's just become steadily worse. They are in the attic, under the floorboards and in the walls.
"They've chewed through my living room ceiling, gnawed holes in cupboards and ripped open bags of food. I can't even prepare a meal safely because there's droppings and urine on all my worktops.
She added that, as a result, both of them have also contracted ringworm, an itchy fungal infection that causes contaminated skin to turn red and scaly.
"I've asked to be relocated but am still waiting to hear back," she added.
A spokesperson for Merthyr Valleys Homes said: "Kia first contacted us on January 26 to raise her concerns about a rat infestation at her home.
"We responded very quickly and carried out an inspection at Kia’s home and identified the repairs that will help resolve the problem. We have carried out these repairs over the past two weeks, working with Kia and the local authority.
"The statutory duty for pest control falls to the local authority so Kia has done the right thing by involving them to carry out baiting at her home. To date, we have been handling this issue in line with our repairs and maintenance procedures.
"However, Kia has now raised a formal complaint and therefore from today we will be following our complaints procedure. Of course, we will continue to work with Kia and other partners in the Local Authority to resolve this matter as quickly as possible."
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