Wimbledon mum driven to despair by vermin
A Wimbledon mum has said she is reaching desperation point with the rats and mice that are invading her home, as she can't seem to get anyone's help with the situation.
Beza Mahmod said she has been told by her housing association, Merton Priory Homes (MPH), that pest control is the responsibility of the tenants. Ms Mahmod, who lives in the home with her infant child, said she has heeded this and set her own traps and poisons - but until her neighbours take action all her efforts are futile.
The young mum said she has seen mice and rats all over her house - in cupboards, in drains, under floorboards - and has even seen one crawling over her child.
She spoke to her local newspaper, the Wimbledon Guardian, and told them that anything she did do to try to keep the vermin at bay was all negated by the fact that nowhere else around her was kitted out to repel them.
A spokesman for MPH said they understood Ms Mahmod's situation but that they had made themselves clear, to her and to all of her neighbouring tenants.
"All residents living in our homes are made aware that vermin or pest control is their responsibility. This is stated very clearly in the tenancy agreement that they sign and return to us," he said. "We do sympathise with Mrs Mahmod and are able to recommend local firms to her who can best deal with the problem."