Woman’s torment at return of mites

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Lynn Cosh says pests have made her life a misery Lynn Cosh says pests have made her life a misery

Lynne Cosh thought she had finally broken free from a living nightmare when she moved house to escape a flea infestation.

But three days after relocating she noticed little black dots while painting the walls and realised with horror it was happening again.

Ms Cosh, 58, was living in Queens Crescent, Chippenham, when the bloodsucking insects invaded in September. She was moved to another GreenSquare property in Derby Close in November, after a postman visiting Queen’s Crescent suffered flea bites and Royal Mail suspended deliveries there.

Ms Cosh said: “Environmental Health gave GreenSquare the all-clear in my last place and said I was okay to move my stuff.

“But now I’ve gone through it all again. I just want it to end.”

“I want my life back,” she said. “I can’t have people round and I don’t like to go out because they’re on me and I don’t want to pass them on. It’s made me a prisoner.”

Wiltshire Council’s environmental health department said it had believed the Queen’s Crescent house to be pest-free.

A spokesman said: “We believe a private pest control contractor carried out a flea treatment in the customer’s previous property before we were called.

“The insecticide they used would have been effective for several weeks; this could have been why the sample taken did not indicate a flea or mite problem.”

Now GreenSquare housing group say Ms Cosh must deal with the situation herself.

She rid her Derby Close home of fleas in December after a treatment by Abee Pest Control. But an inspection by ASW Pest Control Specialists in January reported she was sharing her home with mites.

The council said a sample they took from her current property only contained one house mite.

After ASW Pest Control carried out a treatment this month, Ms Cosh said she has suffered swollen eyes and peeling skin on her face and has been prescribed a course of steroids.

Derek Strawson, owner of ASW in Audley Road, said the job had been carried out according to health and safety rules.

The infestations had cost Ms Cosh more than £1,600, for inspections, removal, new carpets, a new bed and insecticide sprays, she said, and she has lost weight.

“One time a thing jumped and landed on my sandwich and I broke down and cried,” she said.

“I haven’t cooked for six months now, I just eat toast.”

Heather Stewart, neighbourhood manager at GreenSquare, said: “Whilst we can understand the frustration caused by pests, it is the tenants’ responsibility to deal with such situations. This is clearly set out as part of the conditions of tenancy.”

Ms Cosh said: “GreenSquare say it’s my problem, they say my house is habitable. But I say it’s inhumane, things crawling 24/7 in your hair and face, in your ears and up your nose. I don’t even want to use my own bed.”

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2:13pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Sounds like she took them with her, their eggs can be dormant for years waiting for the right time to hatch!
Sounds like she took them with her, their eggs can be dormant for years waiting for the right time to hatch! Grumpy of Calne.

10:08pm Fri 22 Feb 13

chips-in-ham says...

Why is it greensquares fault.
Why is it greensquares fault. chips-in-ham

8:55am Sun 24 Feb 13

judgeatnam says...

Greensquare should be used to dealing with pest infestations by now!
Greensquare should be used to dealing with pest infestations by now! judgeatnam

12:57pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Antmanrob1 says...

Indorex Household flea treatment - I believe lloyds chemist does this but can be brought online

I had the same problem with Flea's everywhere in my house bite Me, My Wife and children. Even had them on me after a 3 hour drive to London. I have never know a problem as bad as the one I had.

I hovered ever room and used the above and it has sorted out the problem and not had any since.

I know how this woman feels you just want to cry but only you can sort this out.
Indorex Household flea treatment - I believe lloyds chemist does this but can be brought online I had the same problem with Flea's everywhere in my house bite Me, My Wife and children. Even had them on me after a 3 hour drive to London. I have never know a problem as bad as the one I had. I hovered ever room and used the above and it has sorted out the problem and not had any since. I know how this woman feels you just want to cry but only you can sort this out. Antmanrob1

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