Pest infestations are on the rise as cash-strapped councils phase out free extermination services. They spread disease, feast on our blood and destroy our clothes. And their numbers are soaring. Britain’s populations of rats, mice, cockroaches, bedbugs, wasps and moths are growing; in some cases unchecked, as more local authorities charge for extermination – or simply stop offering the service altogether.
In 2002, 99% of Britain’s 402 councils provided pest control, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). By last year one in 10 had stopped, with more expected to follow. Of the rest, almost a third now charge for the service, resulting in fewer call-outs from residents.
Private pest control services are thriving. Lodi, which makes rat and mouse traps and poison for home use, says sales of rodenticides are up 25% on last year. And Beaver Pest Control; a private company working in London and the Home Counties, has reported a 44% increase in call-outs for mice and rats over the last three years. The National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) says there are similar increases across the UK.
Pest infestations – Bedbugs
Bedbugs are also on the rise. Since 1992 infestations have risen by 38%, partly thanks to the “upcycling” of second-hand furniture. In the first half of the year Rentokil reported 24% more call-outs than in the same period last year, linking the rise to an increase in foreign holidays.
Call-outs for wasps’ nests this summer were up by 231% on last year, according to Rentokil. The sharp rise was attributed to the warm summer and to council cut-backs.
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