South Shields family cheesed off with mouse invasion

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery
Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery

A father says he is cheesed off with mice invading his home and worried they’re going to affect his daughter’s health.

For the last few months rodents have been plaguing Michael Gilmour and his partner Michelle Wheeldon, at their flat in Whitehead Street, Tyne Dock, South Shields.

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery with youngest daughter Olympia Wheeldon aged 2

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery with youngest daughter Olympia Wheeldon aged 2

The mice are thought to be living in a blocked rubbish chute which runs alongside the second floor apartment.

Mr Gilmour says South Tyneside Council won’t unblock the chute to access the mice because this will cause them to scamper and spread.

He said: “The chute has been blocked for years, so we take our rubbish downstairs to put in the bin.

“The mice are coming into the flat from there. You can here them scampering around and you see them darting about, especially early on in the morning when it’s quiet.

There’s a massive infection risk.

Michael Gilmour

“I asked for the chute to be unblocked so they can be killed, but they said this will cause the mice to scamper and they’d end up everywhere.”

Mr Glimour’s middle child Tatum, seven, has to go for surgery on her bowel soon.

There is a chance she may end up with a stoma – where a surgical opening is created on the body so waste can be collected – and the 48-year-old is worried about health implications.

He said: “We’re just waiting for the call for Tatum’s surgery. But we really don’t want her having to come home to a flat which potentially house mouse droppings and urine on the floor.

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery

“There will be a massive infection risk.”

Mr Gilmour, who also has daughters Kennisha, 12, and Olympia, two, says a man has been out to lay traps, but they only catch two rodents at a time, and this isn’t solving the problem.

However, a council spokesman says arrangements have now been made to clear the chute and hopefully solve the vermin problem.

A spokesperson for South Tyneside Homes said: “Following an inspection of both the property and the chute by South Tyneside Council’s environmental health department, arrangements have been made with the tenant to carry out the required works to the property. Once this is completed, the chute will be cleared, hopefully preventing any further vermin infestation.”

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery with youngest daughter Olympia Wheeldon aged 2

Michael Gilmour and partner Michelle Wheeldon home is infested with mice.'Daughter Tatum Wheeldon aged 7 is going into surgery with youngest daughter Olympia Wheeldon aged 2