A single mum-of-three has been forced to live upstairs after her house became infested with disease-carrying rodents.
And she said her four-year-old daughter was so traumatised she wouldn’t eat for two days.
Janine Adams, from Birkenhead, said she is living in a nightmare as she cannot afford to pay for pest control.
The 29-year-old, who is a full-time carer for her disabled nine-month-old son, said: ‘It’s a nightmare. I’m terrified to go in the kitchen. I have to keep the lights on because I’m so scared, which costs a lot of electricity.
‘I have four traps in the kitchen. I caught five in one night.
‘There was a stage when we had to live upstairs. My daughter was so scared, she wouldn’t eat anything for two whole days.’
Ms Adams claims Wirral Council and her housing association, Riverside, told her she would have to pay for pest control herself.
She said: ‘I’m stressed to death. I feel like jumping in the Mersey. It’s a completely different matter when there are kids involved. It feels like there’s no way out.’
The mother says she is still in a state of shock over the rats who invaded her house five months ago.
‘I started having heart palpitations when I was making a bottle for my two-year-old in the kitchen. I have to sit on the counter whenever I go in there,’ she added.
Wirral councillor Pat Cleary condemned the dire living conditions.
He said: ‘There is no public assistance in place for people in this situation. There needs to be some form of funding when a house is not habitable. It’s not acceptable.’
Ian Gregg, executive director of asset services at Riverside, said: ‘We are sorry that Ms Adams is unhappy and we understand this has been a really difficult time for her family.
‘We inspected the property in October and could find no defaults with the house that would allow rodents to get in.
‘We advised Ms Adams that dealing with vermin requires specialist assistance, which we do not provide, and she needed to contact her local council.
‘Following further contact from Ms Adams, we visited her again and we are carrying out a further inspection to double check whether any maintenance work is required.
‘Given the severity of her situation, as an exception, we will also cover the cost of any pest control services needed so the matter can be resolved.’
Wirral Council declined to comment.