Southampton household battling year-long mattress bug infestation – Southern Every day Echo


A FAMILY says they’re “determined” for assist after battling a mattress bug infestation for not less than a 12 months.

They’ve needed to strip their partitions of wallpaper, throw beds away and eliminate carpets to battle the pests.

However they “nonetheless hold coming again”, says mum Sharon Brookes.

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The 52-year-old informed the Echo that she is “mortified and embarrassed”.

She mentioned: “We’ve got by no means lived like this. We’ve got finished all the things we may presumably do.

“We have had greater than 10 remedies and so they nonetheless hold coming again.

“We’ve got removed beds, stripped the partitions of wallpaper, removed carpets, sprayed all the things. We’ve got misplaced all the things.”

She lives together with her husband and full-time carer, 62-year-old Alan, in addition to her 19-year-old daughter and two-year-old grandson.

The family-of-four reside in a council home in Kingsclere Avenue, Weston.

Sharon struggles with a spread of health points, together with acute psoriasis, which is made worse by stress.

She says the council have charged them £375 for coping with the difficulty, which began final summer time.

“I’ve begged the council to maneuver us out however they refuse as a result of apparently, we will take the bugs with us,” she mentioned.

She mentioned that for 3 months her daughter and grandson needed to sleep on the ground earlier than they needed to get them a blow-up mattress, and she or he slept on a settee as a result of they removed their mattress.

She added: “We’re too outdated for this. We will not calm down or relaxation.

“I’ve woken up with mattress bugs on my face. I’ve had sufficient of it. We simply need assistance. It has been happening too lengthy.”

It isn’t the primary residence within the metropolis to be infested with the bugs.

At the very least one flat in Albion Towers is crawling with them, as reported by the Echo.

The town council says there are stories of mattress bugs throughout the town, and that they don’t seem to be simply present in council blocks.

A spokesperson mentioned: “Our housing workforce is working with Pest Management to assist the resident and deal with the infestation.

“Pest management is a tenant’s accountability and as such a rechargeable service. The place tenants are unable to afford the total value of therapy, affordability assessments are accomplished and cost instalments thought-about.

“The fee can also be subsidised for council tenants who entry the service by means of the housing workforce.

“The fee will rely on the extent of the infestation on what number of visits are wanted, variety of employees required and the length required for every go to. If tenants have a pest downside, there’s recommendation on our web site and consultants within the Pest Management division may be contacted for extra particulars.”

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