A young woman says wiping mice droppings off her bed every night has left her suicidal.
Rodents running wild in her flat have forced Nicole Caullay to stay with her mum until they are removed for good.
Despite visits and traps laid by council pest control crews the problem has persisted with mice scratching holes in walls which Nicole can hear as she lays in bed.
The 20-year-old told Lanarkshire Live that her infested Blantyre home has proven hell for her mental health which has spiralled into suicidal thoughts.
When a mouse scuttered across the living room and brushed past Nicole last week, she decided enough was enough and fled to her mum's.
Nicole said: "A couple of days after moving in I went into a cupboard and I saw a massive hole, then I looked in more and there were holes everywhere.
“The house was an absolute state. I did it up to the best I could and then I saw a dropping from mice.
"I phoned environmental health at the council and pest control have been out every single week since November to put traps down but that’s all they’re doing.
"There’s droppings all over my bed and couch. I’ve got really bad depression and I don’t know what else I can do. I’ve had suicidal thoughts because of this house."
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Nicole's mum has agreed she should not return to the flat until it is free of mice.
And with young family who would often visit, she fears for their safety with hazardous items now lying all round the flat.
Nicole added: "I spent a lot of money on the house.
"My dad bought me a brand new couch and now the droppings are all over it and I’m going to have to throw it out.
"When I’m lying in bed I can hear the mice scratching on the wall, it’s horrible. There’s holes all over the house, and now I don’t know what to do anymore.
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"I’ve now got boxes lying about my house with poison in it and I have young sisters that come over and I’m scared in case they touch them.
"It’s an absolute nightmare. There’s a smell in the house as if it’s urine, I can’t get rid of it, it’s disgusting."
A South Lanarkshire Council spokesman commented on the issue, saying: “The council is aware of the issue with mice at Ms Caullay’s tenancy and appreciates the concern this is causing.
"Our specialist contractor has attended on five occasions to attempt to remedy the situation, most recently on January 6. The bait laid to deal with rodent infestations is placed in a secure, tamper-proof box.
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"Follow-up work is also planned to fill any access holes, as soon as COVID restrictions allow, with the aim of preventing a recurrence.
"A local housing officer is in regular contact with Ms Caullay to provide her with updates and support while the matter is resolved and to help her settle successfully into her new home.
"This includes helping her to complete an application to replace contaminated or damaged items and arranging for a deep clean of the property when all remedial work is complete."
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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