Girl, 4, almost hospitalised because of bed bug infestation in Milton Keynes council house

A mother of two young children has slammed a previous tenant after she found her new home riddled with bed bugs.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 4:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 4:18 pm

Gemma, 24, moved into her Lakes Estate home in June and noticed the unwanted guests just weeks after moving in.

She lives in the council house in Serpentine Court with her two children, four-year-old Kassie and her two-year-old son.

Gemma claims the bugs must have been in the house when she moved in.

She said: “My daughter has been bitten so badly I considered taking her to hospital.

“It has been really horrible for her but trying to get rid of them just isn’t going to happen - I can’t afford private pest control.

“I spoke to Milton Keynes Council and they said that they cannot provide me with a fumigator to get rid of them.

“I need the council services, my children are really suffering and I don’t know what to do.

“If you sit still, you can see them jumping across the carpet, it’s disgusting.”

A spokesperson from Milton Keynes Council, said: “This tenant moved into this flat under the mutual exchange scheme, which is a private agreement between two parties to exchange their properties.

“We do not manage the move under a mutual exchange - we inspect to ensure that the property has no need for any urgent repairs for safety purposes, but it is the tenant’s responsibility to deal with pest problems.

“If there had been problems like this we would have expected the previous tenants to have disclosed it, but we have had no reports of bedbugs previously at this property.

“So unfortunately I don’t think we can help this lady on this occasion.”