A TOAD forced a petrified woman to boycott her own home.
Pamela Donoghue, 68, ran out of her front door after spotting the amphibian in her bedroom, not returning until the next day.
Pamela, of Woodside Close, Ewloe, has had a toad-phobia since her childhood.
After noticing the toad, she locked herself in the bathroom before ringing her daughter Alison, who lives on the Wirral, to drive to Flintshire to pick her up.
Pamela said Flintshire Council staff attended the property the following day and searched her council house for the toad.
“I had to stand by the car when they went in to look for it,” she said.
“They looked under the bed and found a sock and they said it must have been that. I told them “no” it was definitely a toad so they went back in to look.
“One of them came out with his hands cupped.
“He said they found it sitting on my grandson’s blackboard in the airing cupboard.
“The hairs are standing up on my arms just talking about it.”
Since returning home, Pamela has remained kitted out in a coat, wellies and wearing rubber gloves.
She said she has even considered “moving out”.
“I have been looking and checking everywhere,” she said
“It leaped up in the bedroom doorway. It was brown and green.
“I told my sister, Shirley, who just said ‘tell it to hop off’.
“I have to put rubber gloves on to go in the airing cupboard now.
“I just flick a towel out when I need one.”
Pamela, originally from Liverpool, said her fear of toads began when her father used to take her to his three allotments as a child, where she took her first glimpse of the amphibian.
“It went away for a while but it reared its head about 20 years ago,” she said.
“My ex-husband never knew about it. He built a pond in the garden and one day he walked up to the window with a giant toad in his hand. I started screaming and locked all the windows and doors.”