A second child from the same block of council flats in Mayfield was hospitalised last week, with her mother blaming a bug infestation.
Leisa Langley (34) is angry at Midlothian Council’s response to the infestation of hide beetles that she believes has spread through all six flats in the block at Eskview Road.
She told the Advertiser that her two-year-old daughter Sophie being rushed to hospital last week was down to the same infection which, she says, led to her neighbour Kerri Scott’s five-year-old son’s bacterial infection.
With her neighbour’s family re-housed by the council this week, mother-of-two Leisa also wants the council to re-house her family immediately.
She said: “We are in a top floor flat. The bugs seem to come in through the roof.
“I have got a tub of about 20 beetles and all the neighbours say they have had them too. Every single flat is riddled with these bugs. My daughter lifted a toy the other day and a bug was in it. They are absolutely everywhere.
“Sophie has tonsillitis and a very bad bacterial throat infection. I can’t link that with the infestation conclusively, but bugs carry bacteria. The doctors say they can’t connect it without blood tests.
“If anyone is infected and returns to the home they are at risk of catching the infection a second time.
“That’s when it’s frightening. I’m so worried for Sophie.
“I have asked the council to move us out as my daughter isn’t going to be well enough for the treatments they use to tackle the bugs.
“We shouldn’t be in this position. It’s just horrible.”
Kerri Scott, whose family have now been moved by the council, told the Advertiser that the situation in the block of flats in Mayfield was “beyond belief”.
Hide beetles are common pests and larvae feed mainly on dry decomposing animal matter but also feed on vegetable matter.