No relief for family terrorised by wasps

Deana Bragg with her children Robbie and Mollie
Deana Bragg with her children Robbie and Mollie

A MOTHER is fearing for her children’s safety as a wasps nest found in her garden cannot be removed because of financial restraints.

Deana Bragg, 41, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood, discovered the large nest two weeks ago in her back garden.

She immediately called Wyre Council to arrange an appointment to remove the danger, but was told she would have to pay £56 for an Environmental Health officer to come out and neutralise the nest.

Miss Bragg, who has two young children aged eight and six, says she could not afford to pay for the council appointment with her benefits payments.

The only alternative is to keep her children indoors while she tries to find a cheaper option.

She told The Weekly News: “It’s a risk to our health if we go anywhere near it.

“I’m quite upset about it and I won’t let my children out into the back garden.”

Miss Bragg moved into her home three-and-a-half years ago, and for the last 18 months she has also had a problem with mice.

She first found mice to be running around in her kitchen and then her living room, but when she turned to the council for help, she was met with a cost barrier she could not overcome.

Miss Bragg added: “My son Robbie has asthma and with the problems I had with mice, I thought the council would have done more.”

The mother-of-two eventually solved the rodent issue by buying traps and poison, but she says there is nothing she can do to tackle the wasps nest herself.

“I have been looking through adverts to see what I can afford, but nobody is cheaper,” added Miss Bragg.

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council said: “The control of pests such as wasps and mice is the responsibility of the homeowner and not local authorities.

“Wyre Council does provide a competitively priced pest control service for residents, but this is already subsidised by the council taxpayer.”