Huge rats ‘half as big as cats’ terrorise mum and kids as they leap around home

A mum and her two young children are being held hostage by giant rats which infested her home just as the country went into lockdown.

The vermin have chewed holes in Kellyann Mcdonald’s kitchen cupboards and attic and wee all over the place since taking over her property in February – a few weeks before the country was forced to spend 23 hours a day inside apart from trips out for food and medicine.

"It's horrendous", the petrified mum said. "The rats are living in the loft. They're coming up on the landing, urinating and leaving droppings."

Welsh Miss Mcdonald, who lives with her two and three-year-old in Heol Dwyrain, Bridgend, thinks the furry beasts were first attracted to communal bins outside her home and then wandered into her block of flats through the main entrance.

She has been living in the flat since November and first noticed rats outside her home in January but at the time "it wasn't that bad". However, the problem escalated in February, when they began to nest in her garden.

She said: "You’d just see the odd one now and then. And I’d just assume ‘Oh, they’re somewhere in the bushes,’ and then they started nesting in the garden and it was really bad.

"The bins get put at the top of the garden and then that attracts the rats. The rats are dragging all the rubbish around."

According to Miss Mcdonald, there are also rats in her neighbours homes and gardens. She said she shares an attic space with her next-door neighbour and so they took it upon themselves to leave rat poison up there in an attempt to get rid of them but it did not work.

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She said: "The one time I opened my loft, four rats came flying into my home. They were jumping round my house. They’re huge, they’re like half the size of my cat.

"I just don’t know what to do. My next door neighbour’s pregnant as well and the rats are all peeing outside her house and pooing.

"I’ve got a pet cat, she likes to bring them home. So it’s not only live rats I’m receiving I’m getting dead rats on top."

She said her neighbours had noticed there were rats in the area before Miss Mcdonald moved there last year but "it’s never been this bad".

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Her home is managed by Valleys to Coast Homes, a not-for-profit organisation running 5,835 homes in Bridgend.

She says the company installed rat traps outside the properties around three weeks ago but it does not seem to have tackled the issue.

A spokesperson for Valleys to Coast Homes said the company is "working to address the issue".

They said they have taken measures to "reduce the rat population" in the area including putting baiting systems around the communal bins, removing extra waste from the site, trimming nearby plants to reduce places for the rats to hide and inspecting the rat traps every six weeks.

They also said they are working with British pest control company Rentokil on a "riddance programme" to "investigate any further problems" at Miss Mcdonald's home after finding nests that might be connected to an unused drainage system on the property.

"Once the riddance service by the council is complete they should receive advice about what, if any, remedial work needs to be done by ourselves to reduce any risk of re-infestation,” they added.

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