A mum-of-six has described the horrific moment she opened her wheelie bin to find it full of rats.
Debbie Burns says that since cleaning up a rubbish tip behind houses – which saw 155 tonnes of rubbish removed from an M9 embankment at a cost of £50,000 – residents of nearby Wallace Crescent have been plagued by rodents.
Shocking video footage shows the animals piled up in a general gray bin in the village of Plean, leaping through the air desperately trying to escape.
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It is believed that the rats managed to find their way inside by gnawing through a hole at the top, before getting trapped.
Debbie says her children – aged 18 months to 17 years – have not been able to play outside for safety fears.
Debbie added: “I have six children in this house and can’t let them play in their own garden as the whole street has been infested with rats for the past [outsourced council contractors] BEAR Scotland cleared the embankment behind the houses and disturbed the nests.
BEAR Scotland says ‘massive fly dumps’ are to blame for the problems.
Another issue has been the downgrading of bin collections from fortnightly to monthly.
Ward Councilor Alasdair Macpherson said: ‘Although I have no doubt their nests were disturbed after BEAR Scotland removed the debris, several residents told me they had seen rats climbing into gray bins which couldn’t completely close because they were overflowing because of them alone. be emptied once a month now.
Debbie says she contacted the council last month to arrange for pest control to attend, but no one ever showed up.
Another resident made a gruesome discovery in her garbage can.
She said: ‘I went to the bin and there were two dead rats in there and they had drowned. One of the rats had started eating the other.