THOUSANDS of millipedes have driven a family to breaking point after invading their home.
Sickened Jacqueline Jones, 53, and her family have been plagued by the writhing creatures in every corner of their Birmingham house for the last two years.
The fed-up mum has been forced to spend much of her day finding and collecting the millipedes which are in every room of her five-bedroom pad.
She claims five of her neighbours have also suffered an invasion and the beasties are swarming behind her washing machine, fridge, wet-room, bathroom and even in her ceiling uplighters and gas and electricity meter boxes.
They adorn work surfaces and the desperate mum has discovered them in her bathroom sink.
The 53-year-old shares her home with son’s Anthony, 33, and Dominic, 24.
The infestation in their property has driven the family to breaking point.
Jacqueline said: “You feel dirty. I can go in the bath full of Palmolive and still feel dirty. You never know where these things are and you can’t walk around barefoot.
You feel dirty. I can go in the bath full of Palmolive and still feel dirty. You never know where these things are and you can’t walk around barefoot
“I wake up every morning and immediately have to go around the house finding them. Some are dead and some are very much alive.
“It takes up most of my day. This morning I’ve found 11 dead ones and one that was alive.
“I’ve even put medicated powder down and the grit from the yellow boxes outside; my hands are covered in callouses which the doctor says will never go away. The smell in my house is terrible from these things.”
The gran says Midland Heart did send workmen out around a year ago to treat the house with insecticide but they soon returned.
Paul Barker, head of maintenance at Midland Heart, said: “In October 2018 we treated this property for pests after receiving reports of an infestation of millipedes.
“Customers are required as part of their tenancy agreement to prevent and deal with pests inside their home, but on this occasion we sent an exterminator to deal with the millipedes as a goodwill gesture to Ms Jones and her family.
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“Since then, we haven’t had any further reports of millipedes at this property and were not aware that they may have returned.
“Now that we know about the problem, we’ll talk to Ms Jones about sending a surveyor to inspect her home and advise on next steps.”
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