Council helps Broadwoodwidger woman get rid of unwelcome visitors

WHEN Judy Greisbach, 55, of Broadwoodwidger, returned home after a week away visiting her daughter, she got the shock of her life. There were mouse droppings everywhere throughout the house. At night, she heard the little mice running around up in the a

WHEN Judy Greisbach, 55, of Broadwoodwidger, returned home after a week away visiting her daughter, she got the shock of her life. There were mouse droppings everywhere throughout the house.

At night, she heard the little mice running around up in the attic, along the wall cavities and even under the floor.

She tried using mouse houses to catch them in a humane way, but the cheeky rodents removed the cheese from the traps, and carried it to Judy's living room to eat it in front of the warm fire!

But Judy's main concern was in case the mice started to chew through the wiring. She said: "I use an electric powered oxygen therapy machine and I was very worried that they would chew through the cables."


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So she called Torridge District Council's Environmental Protection team. "I couldn't believe it - the pest control officer was here within three hours," she said.

Richard Neil is Torridge's pest control officer. He said: "When I arrived at Mrs Greisbach's house I found evidence of one of the heaviest mouse infestations I've ever seen in a domestic dwelling in 10 years of doing this job.

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"I had no choice but to put down poison in tamper proof boxes throughout the living area of the property, as well as in the attic."

Two weeks later, Richard returned to find that evidence of mice in the living area had gone and in the attic had all but disappeared.

Judy said: "I'm just so delighted with the service I had and I can't praise the Environmental Protection Team enough."

Judy's District Councillor Marion Perkin said: "Richard and the team have done a wonderful job in helping Judy so promptly and efficiently. This is a clear indication that the council does care about all its residents throughout the district."

Torridge District Council offers a free service for the control of mice and rats in domestic properties. To contact Pest Control call (01237) 428810. Richard can also offer advice on bats, rabbits, badgers, squirrels, foxes, moles, bird problems, seagulls and pigeons.

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