Following a freedom of information request carried out by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), officials are worried that public health could be affected due to the lack of pest control provided by councils in London and the rest of the UK.
Significant Fall in London Council Pest Control
London councils are amongst many in the UK who have experienced a significant fall in pest control. Since 2012, budget cuts have meant local councils have been forced to cut their pest control services by 25%. According to the report by the BPCA, this has lead to a 22% decrease in the number is pest control problems dealt with by local councils.
In addition to this, only 7% of London and UK councils continue to offer pest control free of charge, and many have stopped providing services completely, due to lack of resources.
Hackney, north London, was named in the report with the highest number of call outs to cockroaches in the UK.
Public Health Threatened by Lack of Pest Control
The lack of local authority pest control is a concern for officials, who are saying that it could negatively affect public health. Pests such as mice, rats and cockroaches carry many easily transmitted diseases, whilst wasps and hornets can pose serious risks during the summer months. BPCA technical manager, Dee Ward-Thompson stated that the BPCA are working to ensure that these risks are limited as much as possible.
She explained that both rural and urban areas are at risk. Built-up regions such as London have a high population density and high numbers of food establishments, which attract pests. Rural areas tend to have less waste collections, which means rubbish is sitting out longer, providing food sources for a range of pests.
Top Dog London Pest Control
Top Dog Pest Control provides an alternative for London residents. Due to lack of council resources, even when pest control services are provided, there is often a waiting period of a few days until a technician can attend. Top Dog Pest Control offers rapid-response London pest control, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With technicians operating throughout the whole of the capital, calls are attended on the very same day of the call, often within a matter of hours.
All of your technicians are industry trained and qualified, and understand the urgency of pest control issues within your home or business. Not only do we provide emergency call out services, but we also provide Pest Inspection Packages which give you year round protection against pests. Many restaurants and takeaways find these packages an effective and essential way of showing due diligence to local health inspection authorities.
At Top Dog Pest Control we pride ourselves in providing a professional, friendly and fairly priced service, with a view to maintaining London properties pest-free and providing a healthy environment for people to live and work in.
This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control, alongside one of our customers. Top Dog London Pest Control provides London rat control services.