Couple ‘forced to stay up until 5am’ to catch slugs invading home

A couple say they are being forced to stay up until 5am to catch slugs that are invading their home.

Kerry Rumble says she has spotted at least 10 of the pests crawling over her kitchen worktops and along the floors at a time – and even found one in her kettle.

The 47-year-old, who lives in a council house in east Hull with her boyfriend and carer, Carl Taylor, said the slugs have started appearing in her kitchen over the past month.

She is due to undergo an operation leaving her with reduced mobility for a month and says she cannot stand the thought of being in the home during that time.

The mum-of-three told Hull Live: “At first we didn’t really notice them. There was just one, two or maybe three slugs but now there’s eight or ten at one time and there’s just too many.

“I’ve reported it to the council and they said they’re going to put in a new skirting board and wooden unit where the sink is but what is that going to do?

“We’ve got no holes at all outside and there is nowhere for them to come in through but somehow they’re getting on my worktop, on my cooker and in my kettle. It’s ridiculous."

Hull City Council has confirmed a surveyor is due to carry out work on the property soon but Miss Rumble wants action to be taken sooner.

Miss Rumble said: “They’re all in the kitchen and I’ve tipped salt along the floor which we are having to walk through.

“We’re not going to bed until 5am because we’re having to catch these slugs at that time as that’s when they’re coming in.

“We’re then getting up at 9am so we’re only getting a few hours’ sleep and I just feel dirty having to constantly scrub the floors all the time.

“I don’t want to make a sandwich thinking that a slug has been all over my worktop and now when I’m making a cup of coffee I’m constantly checking the kettle beforehand.

“I felt absolutely sick when that happened and I rang the doctors to ask if I could get poorly from drinking a cup of coffee which a slug had been in.

“I’ve had to buy a new kettle and toaster and I just can’t stand being around these slugs.”

Miss Rumble said she is afraid for the safety of her two dogs, including her nine-week-old puppy.

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