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Bugs In EK Tower Block
Residents in an East Kilbride tower block are in shock after discovering bugs have infested their homes. Some living in White Cart Tower in St Leonards have seen insects crawling around their homes. Now posters have appeared around the building as South Lanarkshire Council urge worried residents to call the Environmental Health Officer.
One resident, found the pests in his flat and was angered that they had not been made aware of the situation until spotting the posters. He described the insects as about one inch long and a bit like silverfish, but without the antenna.
He said: “So far I’ve killed about 20 of them. I couldn’t work out where they were coming from, we thought that a bit of food had fallen under the fridge or down the back of the cooker.
“My wife and I pulled the kitchen apart, and it was clean, but they kept appearing.
“It was only when I saw a poster the council put up that I realised that it wasn’t just our flat which was affected. I’m very angry that they didn’t tell us sooner. They will happily put letters through every door for trivial matters but for something like this they didn’t. I would like to know where these bugs are coming from and whether they are a danger to health.”
Annette Finnan, head of area services, housing and technical resources at South Lanarkshire Council, stated that, so far, two properties had been treated and that anyone in the block with concerns should get in touch. She also noted that only if more reports emerge will further action be taken. She said: “In August 2015, Environmental Services received two separate reports from residents within White Cart Tower of insects within their flats.
“One property was treated with a residual insecticide and the other, where only one insect had been found, Environmental Services gave advice to the occupier. Environmental Services are continuing to monitor the situation and will take further action if necessary.
“In the meantime, while this problem appears to be isolated, at the request of the local Tenants and White Cart Tower Residents Association, notices were placed within the Tower asking residents to report any similar problem directly to the council.”
If you have any issues within your home in White Cart Tower, SLC advise you to contact Housing Officer Lorraine Mowbray on 03031231015.