Family-of-5 want to ‘burn their house down’ after ‘4 years of rat plague hell

A family say they are trapped in a house from hell after it was invaded by a plague of rats.

For the last four years, Grimsby's Amie Kavanagh, 31, and Shane Brown, 34, have been killing the occasional unwelcome four legged intruder in their home, but say in the last few days there has been a flood of the rampaging rodents.

She told GrimsbyLive: "It's horrific. They're coming through the floorboards and the walls.

"It's so bad that the whole family are sleeping in the same room because the kids don't feel safe, but even that room had a massive hole right next to my daughter where a rat came through.

"They're popping up everywhere. We spent an hour last night trying to catch one with our spade.

"We've seen rats ranging in size, getting bigger as the days go on. They're coming up all over the house too, not just one place.

"When my brother visited, he saw one looking at him on the stairs and it bolted, squeezing through a narrow gap in the floorboards.

"We're just covering anything and everything to try and stop this now. We spent £500 to decorate the house in May and now we've had to stop the lot.

"We haven't even been buying food for the cupboards this week because we don't know what they're nibbling on.

"On top of that, the shower is now leaking and the water is dripping on to the lights downstairs – the house is just a health hazard.

"I have severe Crohn's disease and I'm currently on immuno-suppressive medication so if I get bitten by a rat, I will die."

Partner Shane said: "I just want to burn the house down."

The pair don't work due to Amie's health problems and Shane acts as her carer, and for autistic son Harvey.

They also say they cannot move home.

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Amie said: "The chances of us getting a guarantor so we can move out is impossible, it's as if we're trapped.

"I also think, why should I just leave? We've tried to do things ourselves and everything is ruined now.

"You only feel as if you're existing in the house. We don't sleep, we barely eat and we spend all our time catching rats.

"I just feel like a failure as a mum because of it. I can't give the kids a nice home whilst all this is going on.

"It's not normal to live like this."

The property's letting agent, Belvoir Estates, said: "We arranged for pest control to visit the property on Monday; however, that was cancelled by the tenants.

"After much searching, we found someone else to go the property. We're doing what we need to do to help the tenants as much as we can."

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