Dassie home invasion — woman is peed off with urine seeping through her ceiling

2013-11-05 00:00

A HOME invasion of an unexpected kind has a Prestbury family fuming.

Felicity Edwards’s property, in Hillside Road, has been overrun with dassies that have moved into her roof and are causing a stink.

Edwards and her husband moved to the more secluded Hillside Road last year to get away from noisy traffic and city stresses, but their peace has been short lived.

The dassies first came onto Edwards’s property six months ago and started eating her garden. Five weeks ago, they moved from the garden into the roof.

“When I first saw them, I thought they were cute. Then they started eating my plants and I wanted to catch them. Now they are in my roof and I want to kill them,” a frustrated Edwards told The Witness.

To try and get rid of the dassies when they first started eating her garden, Edwards sought advice from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

“The gentleman I spoke to informed me that this is Africa and we have taken over their territory. He suggested I plant things dassies don’t like. How I’m supposed to ascertain their likes and dislikes?”

Now, the noise of the dassies scuttling across the ceilings is waking the Edwardses up at all hours. Their urine seeps through the cracks between the boards in the pine ceiling, dripping onto carpets, beds and desks. Paper has been laid down all over because of this and one bed had to be completely stripped as it kept being messed by dripping urine.

“I was supposed to have visitors over to stay, but had to cancel. I don’t want pee dripping on them in their sleep. We had to make a trap door in the ceiling to access inside it, so we could try and catch them, but they hide. All we found when we first got in was a big pile of faeces. The smell that comes through the roof is terrible,” said an exasperated Edwards.

In desperation, Edwards has called numerous pest control agencies, Ezemvelo again and enlisted the help of a company who tried to close the gaps the dassies were using to access the roof, but to no avail. She has tried spraying insecticide and fumigating the roof to get them out, and laid down humane traps — which they don’t fall for.

“They continue somehow to make their way in. People think that this is funny, but they don’t have to live through it. This is becoming a hazard to our health and a great expense.”

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