A Crossgar man is being plagued by rats in his home – some of them almost as big as his Jack Russell dog.
Sé McKendry has caught 58 rats using a live trap since his woes began almost four years ago.
He said: “Most of them are average size but the biggest one was at least 18 inches long in the body alone. It was three quarters the size of our Jack Russell, Pip. I was surprised how big it was.”
He added: “They used to be really quiet and you used to have to lie really still at night to hear them in the attic. But more recently they just don’t care and move about all day.”
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) contracted a pest control company to come out and look at the problem.
“He said he knew exactly what it was. When the executive moved our bathroom upstairs 15 years ago he believes they did not block up the old sewer line.”
Pest control have been out four times in four years.
They laid poison down, but mostly this just seemed to agitate them.
Two died in the cavity of his bathroom wall and he had to dig them out with a hammer due to the terrible smell.
“My four-year-old son saw me taking the live trap out one morning with three rats. He said ‘daddy they are my pets’.
“He just doesn’t understand. They have eaten through the roof of my shed in the garden. I’m heart scared that if he sees a big one in the garden he might try to pet it and it could turn on him”.
NIHE said pest control contractors have treated the property in January and are due to do so again.
The contractor is to meet an environmental health official on Monday “to try and resolve this serious and ongoing problem,” he said.