Winchester has highest number of rat and pest control call-outs

Daily Echo: City the rat capital City the rat capital

IT IS an historic cathedral city with some of the highest house prices in the country.

But it seems that it’s not only humans that want to move to Winchester – as figures reveal it is also the rat capital of the south-east.

Research by the British Pest Control Association revealed that the city had the biggest number of pest control call outs for the rodents in the region.

Winchester City Council received 2,099 requests to get rid of the pests – 18 for every 1,000 people who live in the area – meaning it also had the highest proportion of call-outs in the south-east and the second highest in England.

Meanwhile, Southampton ranked highest in the region for call-outs to deal with bed bugs, which are parasitic biting insects that feed on human blood.

Pest control experts were called out from the council a total of 81 times in 12 months.

Eastleigh also topped the south-east table for call-outs to deal with “other mammals”, including squirrels and moles, with 442 calls over 12 months.

Other areas that scored highly for rat calls were Test Valley Borough Council, who received 1,150 call-outs during the year, and New Forest District Council, who had 855 call-outs.

Pest expert Jerry Hall, owner of Hampshire Pest Control, said: “When I go out on a rat call, I usually see at least three of the following things – compost heaps, which attract rats; decking – because rats can hide under them; and gas barbecues, because rats love to go and tidy up the leftovers; ponds, because they are a good source of water; and bird-feeders, because the rats will eat the bird feed.”

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA), which sent Freedom of Information requests to all councils that deal with pest control in the UK, says it is concerned pest control budgets are being hit.

Chief executive Simon Forrester 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.”

It seems that if you want to avoid pests, Fareham is the place to be.

The borough had only 930 total callouts for all pests – ranking it 206th out of the 314 English councils surveyed.

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4:40pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Ive worked up there a bit snobby but aint them people unclean with the waste!
Ive worked up there a bit snobby but aint them people unclean with the waste! Fatty x Ford Worker

4:59pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Shoong says...

It's all about the environment you surround yourself with.

Any pest will only hang around as long as you create cushty living conditions for them.

Winchester also has an extensive tunnel system as well which acts as a kind of rat highway from the top to the bottom of the city centre.

Still, you don't see them sat outside the library drinking bus stop sherry...
It's all about the environment you surround yourself with. Any pest will only hang around as long as you create cushty living conditions for them. Winchester also has an extensive tunnel system as well which acts as a kind of rat highway from the top to the bottom of the city centre. Still, you don't see them sat outside the library drinking bus stop sherry... Shoong

6:04pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Shoong wrote:
It's all about the environment you surround yourself with.

Any pest will only hang around as long as you create cushty living conditions for them.

Winchester also has an extensive tunnel system as well which acts as a kind of rat highway from the top to the bottom of the city centre.

Still, you don't see them sat outside the library drinking bus stop sherry...
Dont you come from Winchester ??
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Not suggesting any link of course
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: It's all about the environment you surround yourself with. Any pest will only hang around as long as you create cushty living conditions for them. Winchester also has an extensive tunnel system as well which acts as a kind of rat highway from the top to the bottom of the city centre. Still, you don't see them sat outside the library drinking bus stop sherry...[/p][/quote]Dont you come from Winchester ?? . Not suggesting any link of course Lone Ranger.

6:49pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Huffter says...

The number of calls for pest control bears no relationship to the number of rats in an area - some people are happy to live with rats, some are a bit more fussy.
The number of calls for pest control bears no relationship to the number of rats in an area - some people are happy to live with rats, some are a bit more fussy. Huffter

7:09pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Ahh sourced from the nick in Winchester !
Ahh sourced from the nick in Winchester ! Fatty x Ford Worker

1:01pm Thu 26 Jul 12

southy says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Ive worked up there a bit snobby but aint them people unclean with the waste!
Waste is not the biggest draw for Rats, its having a places to nest up, having food is the second on the list for rats, they can feed on things you can not even see.
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Ive worked up there a bit snobby but aint them people unclean with the waste![/p][/quote]Waste is not the biggest draw for Rats, its having a places to nest up, having food is the second on the list for rats, they can feed on things you can not even see. southy

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