A bloke who tried every trick in the book to rid his home of rats was forced to trap the "clever" creatures who outsmarted him – by starving them in his wall cavities.
Rory Baird, who lived on Manor Drive in Headingley, Leeds, was so desperate to see the rats gone – but the animals were too smart, escaping his traps.
Instead, after complaining to the landlord, Rory was told to try and trap the rats inside the wall cavities – eventually starving them.
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But this left an unbearable and lingering smell of decomposing rats – which then brought on swarms of flies.
Rory, who shared his home with four others, said the rodent problem began from the very first day they moved in.
"We had a problem in my last house, on Manor Drive. You could see and hear them running across the kitchen floor and even making it upstairs to the living room," he told LeedsLive.
"I told the landlord and we set some traps, although they were only mouse traps so didn't kill the animal.
"I had to kill one myself. I have a video of a second one with its leg caught in the trap, but it got away in the removal process.
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"The landlord's original suggestion was to block up the entry points using iron wool and some plaster. I originally said no, we should use traps, because this is better than having dead rats decaying in the wall cavities."
The plan, however, completely backfired because the rats began avoiding the traps.
He said: "Once they figured out the traps, we had to resort to his original plan – blocking up the walls. It had the predicted effect.
"The kitchen absolutely stank, and a plague of flies descended upon it. The problem eventually cleared itself up, but it was a gross couple of weeks.
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"The smell was atrocious – pardon my graphic description but it was genuinely the stench of death."
Rory and his friends even resorted to making a 'HELP' sign out of dead flies as they felt the problem wasn't sorted soon enough.
He said: "…at the end of the day it just didn't get sorted quickly enough.
"The help sign was probably a combination of an abundance of flies, a mild sense of humour, and a genuine plea for aid! Honestly, there were so many flies I think we could have used them to write out a formal complaint to the environmental health department."
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