No rat problem in Swansea Bay region
THERE’S no need to call the Pied Piper into the Swansea Bay area just yet according to council chiefs.
The claim comes in the wake of a new survey which identifies South Wales as a UK hotspot for rats and other pest call-outs.
The British Pest Control Association survey found that for rat problems, eight of the top 12 call-out rates - out of 406 local authorities - were in south Wales.
While Swansea came in ninth in the league table and Neath Port Talbot eleventh both councils say the problem is under control.
A spokeswoman for Swansea Council said: “The figures do not compare like with like because much depends on whether or not the local authority offers a free rat treatment service and on factors like the population density of a particular area.
“For example, the number of incidents of rats reported to councils is higher in areas like Swansea where the Council provides a free call-out service compared to areas which charge for the service.”
She added that there were few complaints from residents saying: “The service Swansea provides is rated highly by residents, with 94 per cent of calls dealt with within three days and a 98 per cent satisfaction rate from customers.”
A spokesman for Neath Port Talbot council said that there was not a problem with rats in the borough.
Carmarthenshire, which ironically stopped offering pest control services entirely in 2011 to save £82,000, was not in the top 12.
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