Growing demand for pest controllers in Falkirk

Pest controllers are being called out to deal with animals, such as pigeons, on an increasing basis
Pest controllers are being called out to deal with animals, such as pigeons, on an increasing basis

Residents in the Falkirk Council area are calling out pest control experts on an ever-increasing basis, according to new industry figures.

Authorities across the Central Belt feature prominently in a list of the top 20 local authorities in the UK called out most to deal with problems.

The data comes from the third study of its kind carried out by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), which analysed nationwide demand for pest control.

Falkirk Council was called out 3127 times between March 2013 and March 2014.

Dundee, in comparison, tackled 2906 problems.

The figures were compiled by BPCA, which sent requests for service demand figures to every district, borough and unitary authorities in the UK under the Freedom of Information Act.

Pests covered by the data, which covers the 12 months to the end of March, 2014, include rats, mice, bedbugs, cockroaches, wasps, ants and birds.

Simon Forrester, chief executive of the BPCA, said: “Our study provides a comprehensive and graphic indication of the demand placed on local authorities for pest control.

“There are many localised reasons why a particular area could have a high prevalence of a certain pest, but we’re concerned that services are being cut across the country.”

A Falkirk Council spokeswoman said: “Our free pest control service was well publicised and well used by local residents in 2013/14 and this explains why we had a higher percentage of call outs than other local authorities who charged for this service.”