‘Beetles invaded my home’ says Padiham mum

Claire Brown who is furious with Calico over their handling of the carpet beetle infestation in her home.
Claire Brown who is furious with Calico over their handling of the carpet beetle infestation in her home.

A house-proud mum whose Padiham home was swarming with beetles has slammed her landlord’s response.

Claire Brown found hundreds of carpet beetles crawling all over her Lancaster Drive home and even in the bed of her young son.

The mum-of-three, who found the problem after moving in last year, has been forced to leave her home with her children for more than a month while fumigators tried to rid the property of the infestation.

Landlord Calico said large amounts of money has been spent clearing the property of the pests, but 24-year-old Claire said workers have left a trail of mess in her home including a hole in the ceiling, plaster dust in the kitchen and fumigation residue on the surfaces. An expensive wool carpet was also destroyed by the beetles but she claims Calico have only offered her £100 compensation to replace it. She has refused to come back home until the house is returned to its original state.

Claire said: “They trashed my house completely. They came through the kitchen ceiling after I had decorated it. There is plaster and fibreglass everywhere.

“They were just not bothered at all – their excuse was that they had spent thousands to get rid of the problem which was their problem in the first place. I won’t move back in until it’s sorted.”

Calico’s Anthony Duerden said: “We have spent a significant amount of resources to fix the problems at this address, which have been caused by a recent insect infestation that was beyond our control.

“We believe, following fumigation and a thorough clean of the house, this has now been fixed to the customer’s satisfaction. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”