After his neighbour’s dead body was rotting in the flat above for three weeks, this father-of-three has been left traumatised from having his flat infested with maggots.
A man’s flat became infested with maggots after a tenant’s rotting body lay in the apartment above for three weeks.
Thomas Matthew’s one-bedroom apartment transformed into a house of horror when his property became infested with the rotting flesh-eating larvae.
The 64-year-old had reported to his landlord, Sanctuary Housing, the overwhelming and growing infestation of maggots and flies in September, but did not receive proper care for weeks, leaving the man in total distress, the Stoke Sentinel reports.
The dad-of-three, living in North Staffordshire, started getting bluebottles despite receiving a brief visit from pest control who had sprayed one corner of his bathroom.
As his flat became a breeding ground for the filthy insects, Thomas’ neighbour asked him about the tenant living above him, who had stopped showing any signs of life.
“One thing led to another and they found his body, he had been dead for more than three weeks,” Thomas told Stoke-on-Trent Live.
Following numerous complaints to Sanctuary Housing and Thomas’ ever increasing unwanted visits from bluebottles, maggots and flies, the poor man resorted to eating his meals outside.
He said: “They had got through the carpet and were coming through the floorboards from upstairs. I had bluebottles everywhere.
“They were flying around the flat all the time and maggots were crawling on the carpet. It was like a scene from a horror film.”
Even though the desperate father is unable to work due to suffering from arthritis in both knees, Thomas attempted to deal with the problem by himself.
“I was trying to clean them myself but I struggle with my knees. I had to sleep with a mask on because of it,” he explained.
He added: “Sanctuary told me to just kill them with a spray, but as soon as I killed them, more would come.
“I was going round spraying them and chucking them away every day.”
Thomas was finally forced to leave his tainted home. He said: “I then went to stay with my children for eight days before they cleaned it. I couldn’t stay at home.
“I was suffering for almost four weeks until they did the deep clean.”
Three weeks after first reporting Thomas’ debilitating problem, Sanctuary Housing carried out a deep cleaning of the property.
Nevertheless, the traumatised man revealed that the experience took a toll on. Brinkwire presents summary news.