Data from the BPCA National Survey 2016 reveals that the number of issues responded to by local authorities and councils dropped by a staggering 22% in 2016!
The British Pest Control Association believes this significant drop is due to the decline of staffing levels and is recommending that councils ensure adequate funds are allocated to this essential service.
364 out of 390 district, borough and unitary authorities in the UK replied to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the BPCA.
World Pest Day 2016
The BPCA released their 2016 report on World Pest Day (June 6th).
World Pest Day is an initiative to raise awareness of global pest control professionals and revealed how reducing resources have let to the decline of a vital public service which was once readily available from local authorities.
Council Pest Control Staffing Levels Reduced
Under the pressure to produce savings, a range of public services have been cut, and pest control is one of them.
The report reveals that staff levels within UK local authority pest control units have been reduced by almost 25% since 2012. During this same period, response rates have dropped 33%.
Only 20 of the 292 operating a public pest control service offer the service for free. This poses a public health risk, particularly in low-income areas.
UK Pest Callout Statistics
The survey revealed some interesting statistics regarding areas of the UK reporting pest control issues.
- Neath & Port Talbot (Wales) received the most reports per head of population – almost 30 pest control reports per 1,000 people!
- Bridgend County Borough Council (Wales) received the most rat pest control reports at almost 3,000 reports account for 93% of its total number of call outs.
- Hackney Council (London) received the most (565) requests to handle Hackney cockroach control.
- Stockport (Manchester) had the most wasp callouts at 1,949 reports.
South Tyneside (North East England) had the highest ant callout count at 954 reports.
London Pest Control
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We are usually able to get to you much faster than your local council. All of our technicians are highly qualified and use only professional grade equipment, traps and pesticides.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog Pest Control provides London pest control services.