Slug-infested council horror house with slimy pests that crawl on baby’s dummy

A mum and her family are being terrorised by hundreds of slugs each week that crawl their way into the council house she lives in with her three children.

Jade Lockhart, 35, found the slimy creatures on her two-year-old son's dummy and even his bottle.

The critters also slither in her kettle and take refuge in washing up left overnight at her Kilmarnock home.

Lockhart, who is a mum-of-three, told Ayrshire Live slugs have been coming in "non-stop for the last four years," and has pleaded with council bosses to find her a new home.

To make matters worse, the worried mum's son has asthma, and doctors have said "he's not well" because of the situation the family are in.

She said: "Could you imagine getting up in the morning to make your wean a bit of toast and pulling it out the toaster and there's a slug on it?

"Or you put your hand on the fridge handle and the first thing you're touching is a slug or you come downstairs to get your wean a bottle and you're standing in about 10 of them?"

"It's no way for anyone to live."

"My son Alfie has really bad asthma.

"My doctor says that he's not well because of all of this. I got told from a social worker and another two health professionals we shouldn't be living here because he's been unwell because of this. He has a really bad cough."

According to Jade, Environmental health came out and said the slugs aren't coming from the back door, but underneath the house.

The council then sent out local authority workers who ripped up the flooring and re-sheeted the surface but it did not fix the issue.

She said: "They come up through the floorboards and I've even found them in my washing machine.

"They've ruined my furniture. I've lost three couches through this I've had to chuck out them out."

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In a statement, East Ayrshire Council said: "We have been working with Miss Lockhart since October 2019 following reports of slugs within her property.

"We're working hard to alleviate the problems Miss Lockhart and her family have been experiencing. We've carried out a range of remedial works in the property, however It can be difficult to establish the source of an infestation.

"Since the initial report in 2019, extensive works have been carried out, including overlaying the flooring and sealing of skirting boards in the living-room, bathroom and hall. Numerous repairs have been carried out in the kitchen too, with kick-plates removed, gaps filled between the floor and walls and we've sealed the skirting boards.

"We've recognised the inconvenience of repair work on the family, and have provided them with temporary accommodation to minimise disruption, whilst our Housing Asset Services and Environmental Health Teams carry out further investigations to rectify the situation.

"Miss Lockhart has an active application for rehousing and we will continue to provide her with advice and assistance on her current tenancy and future housing options."

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