A MUM says she “can’t take any extra” after residing in a rat and maggot-infested council home together with her 5 youngsters for greater than a decade.


Michele Smith, 42, took surprising footage of large rodents roaming free within the Birmingham residence.


Single mum Michele Smith, 42, and her five young children say they can't take any more of living among the giant rats
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Single mum Michele Smith, 42, and her 5 younger youngsters say they’ll’t take any extra of residing among the many large rats[/caption]


“I’m at rock-bottom,” defined Michele.


“We’re not residing subsequent to rats, we’re residing with them.


“I’ve trodden on a headless rat on the kitchen ground with my naked toes, they’re simply all over the place. There’s umpteen of them, dozens simply.


“My kitchen, in the intervening time, is completely off limits.


The mum filmed rats roaming free at the home, which she is desperate to leave
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The mum filmed rats roaming free on the residence, which she is determined to go away[/caption]


“Me and the youngsters have been consuming on my mattress in my bed room. It’s no approach to carry up your youngsters.


“We must always all be consuming on the desk like regular households do. We’re simply too scared to go downstairs it’s that unhealthy. Simply the opposite day I used to be about to make some toast for the youngsters and a rat was sitting on the toaster wanting straight at me.


“Now, I’ve put what number of items of bread in that toaster?


“It makes you are feeling sick. We’re simply mortified. The b******* are all over the place. They’re greater than squirrels.”


Michele, who lives within the rat-infested ground-floor flat with three of her youngsters aged 4, 10 and 12, has been affected by panic assaults and, only a fortnight in the past, needed to have her coronary heart re-started by medical doctors.


There are holes throughout the home - allowing the rats to come and go
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There are holes all through the house – permitting the rats to return and go[/caption]


“I’m on sleeping tablets as a result of I can’t sleep,” she defined. “I’m taking anti-depressants and I endure from panic assaults loads.


“I needed to have an adrenaline jab to restart my coronary heart two weeks in the past. I had coronary heart failure. My coronary heart was racing 190 beats-per-minute as an alternative of 80.


“The place, my residence, is falling aside. I haven’t had a shower for the reason that 23rd of August as a result of there’s an enormous gap within the tub. That’s three months we haven’t been capable of tub or bathe.


“Me and the youngsters have been going to my mate’s home half-hour away in Quinton each few days.


“I’ve been packing wash baggage, pyjamas and we’ll all go there of a college night time to have a shower and a wash. We will’t stay like this.


“The rats completely stink. We’ve had the rat man out numerous occasions placing bait and poison down and he’s adamant there’s no holes across the perimeter for them to return in from however they simply hold showing and, the worst factor is, they’re not even fearful of you and simply look straight at you.


The squalid state of the home has left the mum in despair
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The squalid state of the house has left the mum in despair[/caption]


“Of an evening you’ll be able to hear them scurrying round the home, squealing. I’ve shut up and put up for too lengthy. It’s not a residing. I’ve normally

let bygones be bygones however not now.


“My child’s room is stuffed with damp, the partitions are rising mushrooms and we’ve had maggots falling by the air vents. The lavatory is continually filled with flies.”


Single mum Michelle is now considering declaring her and her younger youngsters homeless.


“I’m going to go to the homeless housing shelter,” she mentioned.


“What do I do if I wish to tub the youngsters tonight? I’ve obtained no household and I can’t hold going to my buddy’s home.


Single mum Michelle is now contemplating declaring her and her young children homeless
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Single mum Michelle is now considering declaring her and her younger youngsters homeless[/caption]













“Do I’m going to a resort, pay for it and declare it again? I simply don’t know what to do. We’ve obtained to get out of right here. I can’t go on and I need assistance.”


A Birmingham Metropolis Council spokesperson mentioned: “Housing officers visited the tenant on Tuesday following a report of rats on the property, with environmental well being officers visiting right this moment.


“We might be finishing up works to seal entry factors to the property’s drains in addition to becoming a gully grid.”


The council mentioned that in keeping with their information that rats on the property had been first reported to them in December 2017, with a second report in March this 12 months.






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