Pest controllers called out hundreds of times

Adam Gumbrecht, a Northamptonshire Enviromental Services Officer, applies poison to a rat hole
Adam Gumbrecht, a Northamptonshire Enviromental Services Officer, applies poison to a rat hole
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Councils sent pest controllers out to deal with hundreds of problems with rats, mice and pests in 2010-11.

Figures show that in that year East Northamptonshire Council’s pest control services were called upon 1,268 times, Kettering Council’s 712 times and Corby Council’s 600 times.

In East Northamptonshire there were 720 call-outs to deal with rats, compared to 168 in Corby and 135 in Kettering.

The most incidents involving mice were in Corby – a total of 168 – compared to 101 in East Northants and 64 in Kettering.

There were 422 call-outs for wasps in Kettering, 404 in East Northants and 242 in Corby.

Pest controllers dealt with 13 cases of bedbugs in Kettering, five in East Northants and three in Corby. There were 18 call-outs related to ants in East Northants, six in Kettering and none in Corby.

Kettering Council also dealt with two incidents involving cockroaches and four cases involving birds.

The figures were revealed in the British Pest Control Association’s national survey.

Mike Deacon, head of environmental services at East Northamptonshire Council, said: “The figures from the BCPA survey demonstrates that there is still a need in our communities for pest control services.”