PEST controllers in the borough have had so many call-outs to tackle creepy-crawlies and vermin that it is 10th in the country out of 314 areas.
Council experts dealt with 26.35 pest problems per 1,000 residents over a year – according to the first British Pest Control Association (BPCN) National Survey.
Over a 12 month period, the survey analysed demand for pest control across all local authorities in the UK and revealed that Wigan Council was called out:
• a total of 2,577 times over the period to alleviate problems with rats – equating to 8.38 demands for service per 1,000 residents and ranking 47 out of 314 in England.
• 24 issues with bed bugs, equating to 0.08 per 1,000 and ranking 148th equal
• 12 cockroach call-outs – placing Wigan 105th equal in the English per 1,000 table with a figure of 0.04.
Every council responded to Freedom of Information requests for service demand figures and pests covered by the data included rats, mice, bedbugs, cockroaches, wasps, ants and birds.
Simon Forrester, chief executive at the not-for-profit BPCA, said: “This first national survey provides incredibly valuable data. Subsequent surveys will allow us to plot trends, to identify new threats and to gauge how cutbacks are affecting such a vital public health service.”