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Anxiety because of mice infestation

Hello I am new here, i recently moved to a new country to be with my boyfriend and we moved into a new flat together. The flat has a mouse problem, i am finding their droppings everywhere! on our kitchen counter, behind the loo, under our bed! I struggle with a lot of anxiety and i keep thinking about all the awful diseases you can catch from mice. I am even struggling to sleep for fear that a mouse is going to climb up onto the bed! I have been bleaching and disinfecting everything but can't help but feel this has ruined our flat for me. I am at home a lot of the time because i am currently looking for a job.

I just wanted to post because i am feeling very helpless. I find myself getting very worked up and crying when my boyfriend isnt here. I have told him how I feel but he thinks i am overreacting - which i am but i really cant help it! To be clear I am more freaked out by the droppings because of the germs than the mice themselves. Its getting in the way of having normal meals, or applying for jobs because I am becoming so distressed. I catch myself washing my hands twice and using hand sanitser.

The landlord is on holidays at the moment and we can't have a cat. I am also in between therapists because of the move and i think that is having an effect on me. If i insist on moving out am i giving into my anxiety and letting it rule me? I think that living with mice is is just past my comfort zone - i dont want to stay here another day!

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Yuck I don't blame you as I couldn't live with a mice infestation either. I don't think they are especially dirty unlike rats but I hate them with a passion! Can you maybe borrow a neighbours cat for a day or 2?

I would want to move asap too so don't let your bf tell you how you should feel. Your feelings are real whether he wants to believe that or not.

I hope you get it sorted. x

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Thank you it is nice to know that other people wouldn't like to live in this situation either! Unfortunately can't have a cat because I am allergic. I am going to put my foot down and insist on moving - we are using bait and traps etc but I feel like the flat has been ruined for me! x

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just call some exterminators, sooner the better. they're just gonna multiply and divide!

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The whole building would have to be exterminated , it wouldn't do any good to do only your flat. If I had extra time I would be looking for another mouse free flat. Even people with anxiety can have real fears. It wouldn't be logical to live with vermin. Pam

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Thank you Pam, I have just started looking for a new flat. It is so nice to come on here and find people who understand how i am felling!

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If you are in uk ring local council or pest control company. It will cost about £100 but they will quickly get rid and leave stuff down in case any attempt to return. You are not being unrational you have a real problem that needs sorting. Good luck I am very sorry for you

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I think we are going to start looking for a new flat but I will get in touch with the council and see what they can do. thank you for your reply!

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