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AN OXFORD family feel they have been stung by the city council and a swarm of wasps.

When David Morgan reported a wasps nest in the loft of his two-bedroom Lenthall Road council house in Rose Hill, pest contollers told him there was none to be seen.

But days later they found their way into a bedroom and his five-week-old daughter was stung.

Mr Morgan, 27, said: “Eventually the wasps came through the ceiling in one of the bedrooms and we had a swarm of around 400.

“One of them stung our baby, Harmonie-Rose, and we had to take her to hospital. She got checked out and seemed to be fine.

“But now my partner and I are sleeping on the living- room floor with the five-week-old baby.

“We have got five children and we are down to one bedroom.”

The wasps nest first appeared over the summer and Mr Morgan called the council on August 20, but pest controllers found nothing.

After his daughter was stung Mr Morgan called the council again on August 28 and pest controllers removed the nest a couple of days later.

But they left a hole in the ceiling which Mr Morgan has had to patch up himself.

Mr Morgan said: “I am very disappointed with the council about this.

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“We have been good tenants to them and we don’t cause problems.

“We pay our rent, but when things pop up the council doesn’t seem to be happy to dig into its pockets.

“This was an emergency situation.

“I tried to cover the hole in the ceiling using a bowl and Sellotape, however there are more and more holes appearing and Sellotape seems to be useless.

“All I wanted was to make the property safe for my family.”

City council spokesman Louisa Dean said: “On August 20 we received a call from Mr Morgan which said part of his ceiling was crumbling and there were wasps in the attic.

“We came out that day and investigated but found no signs of wasps or a wasps nest but there was a hole.

“Our pest control team received another call on August 28 saying they had a wasps nest and we went to the house two days later to kill it.

“We confirmed it was dead on September 3. We will return to remove the dead wasps nest when the ceiling will also be repaired.”

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3:24pm Fri 14 Sep 12

disco80 says...

really sorry your baby got stung but come on mate, you will get a lovely new ceiling, free!!! i would have to get an expensive tradesman round and get ripped off if this happened at my house! oh and pay for the pest controllers no doubt!! Surely you could knock up a bit of plaster repair muck just for now!!!
really sorry your baby got stung but come on mate, you will get a lovely new ceiling, free!!! i would have to get an expensive tradesman round and get ripped off if this happened at my house! oh and pay for the pest controllers no doubt!! Surely you could knock up a bit of plaster repair muck just for now!!! disco80

4:14pm Fri 14 Sep 12

andrewt88 says...

Like disco80 says, it's bad that a baby has been stung, especially after the council "pest control team" missed the nest. But trying to fix a hole in the ceiling with a pink bowl and Sellotape is the most ridiculous thing I've seen for quite some time! Ever heard of Polyfilla?
Like disco80 says, it's bad that a baby has been stung, especially after the council "pest control team" missed the nest. But trying to fix a hole in the ceiling with a pink bowl and Sellotape is the most ridiculous thing I've seen for quite some time! Ever heard of Polyfilla? andrewt88

6:26pm Fri 14 Sep 12

WitneyGreen says...

If you can afford to have five children you can afford to pop over to B&Q and get some polyfilla for that ceiling...
If you can afford to have five children you can afford to pop over to B&Q and get some polyfilla for that ceiling... WitneyGreen

6:53pm Fri 14 Sep 12

xjohnx says...

I would like to think that any father with small children to protect, could stick a bit of card over a temporary hole in the ceiling. Failing that how about a ball of paper wrapped in clingfilm.
I would like to think that any father with small children to protect, could stick a bit of card over a temporary hole in the ceiling. Failing that how about a ball of paper wrapped in clingfilm. xjohnx

9:37pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

WitneyGreen wrote:
If you can afford to have five children you can afford to pop over to B&Q and get some polyfilla for that ceiling...
It's a long way to B&Q from Rose Hill.

Wilkinsons or Robert Dyas would have the stuff though.
[quote][p][bold]WitneyGreen[/bold] wrote: If you can afford to have five children you can afford to pop over to B&Q and get some polyfilla for that ceiling...[/p][/quote]It's a long way to B&Q from Rose Hill. Wilkinsons or Robert Dyas would have the stuff though. Andrew:Oxford

9:41pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Although...

Thinking about it, and I really don't want to upset or distress the residents.

If this is one of the odd-shaped houses in Rose Hill, aren't they riddled with asbestos? Absolutely safe until disturbed...
Although... Thinking about it, and I really don't want to upset or distress the residents. If this is one of the odd-shaped houses in Rose Hill, aren't they riddled with asbestos? Absolutely safe until disturbed... Andrew:Oxford

8:37am Sat 15 Sep 12

bagsie says...

Whilst sorting out pest control I suggest he also considers birth control lest the public be stung with further costs to support this family.
Whilst sorting out pest control I suggest he also considers birth control lest the public be stung with further costs to support this family. bagsie

5:46pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Why would you waste the time of A&E staff if your baby was stung by a wasp? Seems to me he's making a lot more out of this than there is.
Why would you waste the time of A&E staff if your baby was stung by a wasp? Seems to me he's making a lot more out of this than there is. Feelingsmatter

9:19am Tue 18 Sep 12

nenders says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
Why would you waste the time of A&E staff if your baby was stung by a wasp? Seems to me he's making a lot more out of this than there is.
They are making problems so that they are given a bigger property by the council...

Why anyone would bring more children into this situation is beyond me.
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: Why would you waste the time of A&E staff if your baby was stung by a wasp? Seems to me he's making a lot more out of this than there is.[/p][/quote]They are making problems so that they are given a bigger property by the council... Why anyone would bring more children into this situation is beyond me. nenders

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