More than 1,000 rats, mice and other critters exterminated

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 June 2015

More than 1,000 call-outs to deal with pests were carried out by North Somerset Council last year.

More than 1,000 call-outs to deal with pests were carried out by North Somerset Council last year.

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MORE than 1,000 call-outs to deal with pests and creepy crawlies taking over homes and businesses were carried out by North Somerset Council last year.

The authority’s pest control unit attended a total of 1,284 incidents in 2013-2014, dealing with a whole range of unwanted critters.

More than 700 rats, 100 mice, 250 wasps and a number of bedbugs, ants and cockroaches were exterminated in the 12 -month period.

The number of people needing help to exterminate their unwanted house guests has increased marginally since 2012-2013, with just 12 additional cases.

But it has reduced dramatically since 2011-2012, when close to 2,000 calls were made to the authority’s pest control experts.

The figures have been revealed in an annual survey carried out by the British Pest Control Association, which said it has seen a reduction in the number of pest control services being offered by local authorities free of charge.

North Somerset has always charged for its pest control services, excluding rats for which a charge was introduced in 2010.

A council spokesman said: “If people contact our environmental protection team they offer advice on how to deal with the problem and provide treatment if necessary.”

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