Mum breaks down in tears after being stuck living in 'rat infested' house
20.12.2022 - 14:37
A mum has broken down in tears after being stuck living in "rat infested" house for two years. Amy Taggart, 26, says the invasion of vermin has wrecked her home, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The 26-year-old says the colony of rats have caused trouble throughout the Merseyside property since their arrival. This includes them chewing through her wiring, defecating in her kitchen and leaving smelly urine stains on her carpets.
Amy said: "I've got a fridge that's packed with rat poo underneath. I've had to throw away a box freezer, my fridge. A load of my wires are chewed around my house, my hoover, my chip pan. My carpet's got urine stains all over it.
"I've caught two different types of rodents in this property, mice and rats. I caught one in a trap about two months ago in my back room, and then the other one I found under the floorboards right next to my bed. I only found it because of the smell.
"I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick. I lifted my floorboards and there was a dead mouse, and it had obviously been there for a while. I went downstairs that same morning and a rat ran across the living room carpet."
The mother moved into the house in February 2020 with her two young sons. The property is owned by social housing company Magenta Living and was allegedly used for hoarding purposes before it was placed on the market.
Amy said: "When we moved in I started hearing noises in my loft. They were waking me up. I was scared, it sounded like planks of wood banging on each other."
Following the noises, she got in touch with Magenta Living, but claims she was told it was up to her to sort the issue. Despite this, the company did eventually send out workers last year to clear out the infested loft.
Amy said: "They pulled a