REVEALED: St Helens’ most rat-infested roads

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Fly-tipping could be contributing to St Helens’ rat population, environmental health chiefs said today.

The number of call-outs the town’s council’s pest control officers dealt with last year rose as more rodents survived to breed into the following year due to a mild winter.

We have a series of advice sheets that are freely available and all pest control operatives will offer advice to the service user when attending a visit

A town hall spokesman

And today the Reporter revealed which 10 streets received the most call-outs during the last two years.

Last year, the residents of Mount Pleasant Avenue, Parr, made the most calls to the council to tackle vermin.

There 14 calls-out to rats, three for mice and nine for insects.

Officers attended McCulloch Street in the town centre, 23 times, 21 times for rats and twice for mice.

Experts say terrace housing can enable infestations to spread quickly to neighbouring properties.

Rats and mice will also scamper towards food when people feed birds, or they will burrow under compost heaps where there isn’t a base.

A council spokesperson said: “St Helens Council Pest Control Service offers free domestic treatments for rats, mice, cockroaches, bedbugs and fleas. We also cater for commercial contracts at a competitive rate.

“Our database enables us to monitor areas that have a recurring pest problem. This in turn leads us to investigate the reason as to why there is a problem in the area and this will influence the way in which the problem is treated.

“For example: where necessary we liaise and work closely with social landlords where there are problems involving a number of homes and together we aim to raise the public’s awareness of local problems and what they can do to help reduce the levels of infestations.

“We have a series of advice sheets that are freely available and all pest control operatives will offer advice to the service user when attending a visit.

“To reduce the incidence of rat and mouse infestations the correct disposal of food waste and the prompt reporting of a problem is important.

“The council also undertakes an extensive sewer baiting programme each year on behalf of United Utilities. The areas identified for these treatments are identified by noted activity in the surrounding areas and the history of past sewer treatments.

“The service also offers, at a nominal fee, treatments for non-public health pests such as wasps, squirrels and moles.”

The figures, obtained by the St Helens Reporter following a Freedom of Information request asking councils for data for the most visited streets, do not cover private pest control operators who also respond to calls.

2013/2014

South John Street (31 times) mice 29 rats 0 insects 2

Berwyn Grove (12 times) mice 12 rats 0 insects 0

Mount Pleasant Avenue (12 times) mice 3 rats 7 insects 2

Queen Street (10 times) mice 2 rats 7 insects 1

Cotswold Grove (10 times) mice 10

Tarn Grove (nine times) mice 5 rats 2 insects 2

Manchester Row (nine times) mice 6 rats 3

Brook End (nine times) mice 4 rats 3 insects 2

New Street (nine times) mice 7 rats 0 insects 2

Wayfarers Drive (eight times) mice 2 rats 5 insects 1

2014/15

Mount Pleaant Avenue (26 times) mice 3 rats 14 insects 9

McCulloch Street (23 times) mice 2 rats 21

Elmfield Close (20 times) rats 17 insects 3

Winston Avenue (17 times) mice 8 rats 2 insects 7

South John Street (15 times) mice 14 insects 1

Elm Drive (15 times) rats 13 insects 2

Bourne Gardens (12 times) rats 11 insects 1

Clifton Road (12 times) rats 3 insects 9

Ashton Avenue (11 times) mice 1 rats 3 insects 7