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St Helens Council responds to 4,146 pest complaints in one year
8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
ST HELENS appears in a top 20 chart for pest problems.
A list compiled by the British Pest Control Association following a survey of 406 local authorities nationwide places St Helens Council 19th according to the number of calls it received from residents to deal with pest problems.
Figures show the council dealt with 23.65 requests per 1,000 residents to deal with pest issues during 2012.
But town hall bosses argue it is a positive sign rather than a negative, insisting they get a lot of calls because they tackle pest problems free of charge, unlike some other local authorities.
Results in the survey’s ‘all pests’ category reveal that the authority was called out a total of 4,146 times over the period.
The not-for-profit British Pest Control Association sent Freedom of Information Act requests to all district, borough and unitary authorities asking for service demand figures for the 12 months to April 2012.
Simon Forrester, chief executive at the BPCA, said: “There may be a number of local factors why a council appears towards the top of one of the lists, but on a national scale the BPCA is concerned that pest control budgets are being hit.
“That may make it harder for councils in England to respond as effectively as they would like, which could have implications for both quality of life and public health.
“Local authorities are under immense strain to come up with savings, but the BPCA wants to make sure this doesn’t have an impact on public health.
“If an infestation isn’t dealt with quickly and properly, it will spread. Dealing with it then is much more expensive and carries a greater risk to public health.
“If a council outsources pest control services, it still has a duty of care to its residents, and they need to make sure the companies they use are aware of the latest regulations and techniques. The best way is to check that they’re a member of the BPCA.”
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