top of page
  • Writer's picturePGM & SON Pest Control

How to Deal with the Ratflation Crisis: Surging Demand for Private Pest Control Services


How to Deal with the Ratflation Crisis: Surging Demand for Private Pest Control Services


Key Takeaways

  1. Understanding the signs of rodent infestations is crucial for prompt action.

  2. The UK is facing a significant rise in rodent infestations, known as the 'ratflation' crisis.

  3. Private pest control services are experiencing a surge in demand due to limited support from local councils.

  4. In regions like Worcestershire and Herefordshire, access to council assistance for pest control is severely limited or non-existent.

  5. Collaboration between authorities, communities, and private pest control services is essential to effectively combat the crisis.


 

Understanding the signs of rodent infestations is crucial for prompt action


In recent years, the UK has found itself grappling with a growing crisis – one that is not only concerning but also creeping into the very fabric of our homes and communities. We're talking about the alarming surge in rodent infestations, aptly dubbed as the 'Ratflation' crisis by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA).


Phil Martin, an award-winning pest controller at PGM & Son Pest Control, sheds light on this pressing issue, offering invaluable insights on how to identify the tell-tale signs of infestations and what actions can be taken to address them. His expertise, shared during an interview with Jonathan Ray on BBC, underscores the severity of the situation.


The UK is facing a significant rise in rodent infestations, known as the 'ratflation' crisis


According to BPCA, the statistics are grim. Last year alone, there were over a quarter of a million home visits made by pest control professionals to tackle rat and mice infestations across the UK.


To put it into perspective, that's nearly 750 visits per day. Such staggering numbers indicate a crisis that demands urgent attention and effective solutions.


Private pest control services are experiencing a surge in demand due to limited support from local councils


Adding to the gravity of the situation is the dwindling support from local councils. With only a quarter of them continuing to offer pest removal services, the burden falls heavily on individuals and households to fend off these unwanted invaders. The situation is particularly dire in regions like Worcestershire and Herefordshire, where access to council assistance for pest control is severely limited, if not non-existent.


In regions like Worcestershire and Herefordshire, access to council assistance for pest control is severely limited or non-existent


In most parts of Worcestershire, council aid for pest removal is contingent upon being on benefits, leaving many without recourse. Meanwhile, Herefordshire presents an even bleaker scenario, offering no domestic pest removal service whatsoever. This stark reality underscores the crucial role played by private contractors in alleviating the pest burden borne by communities.


How to deal with ‘ratflation’ Phil Martin, who works across Herefordshire & Worcestershire with PGM & Son Pest Control, shares tips on how to spot the tell-tale signs of infestations, and what you can do about them, with Jonathan Ray.  The British Pest Control Association says the UK is in the grip of a so-called 'ratflation' crisis - with the number of rodent infestations needing to be dealt with on the rise.  Across the country, there were more than a quarter of a million home visits to people dealing with unwanted rats and mice last year - the equivalent of nearly 750 a day.  And these days, only a quarter of local councils still offer pest removal.  In most of Worcestershire, you can only get council help with pests if you're on benefits - and Herefordshire offers no domestic pest removal service at all.  It means people with a pest problem have to rely on private contractors to help.  Release date:04 April 2024

In the face of this escalating crisis, it's imperative for homeowners and business proprietors to be vigilant and proactive.


Understanding the signs of infestations and promptly seeking professional assistance can help mitigate the risks posed by pests.


Moreover, there's a pressing need for greater collaboration between authorities, communities, and private pest control services to effectively combat the 'Ratflation' crisis.



Collaboration between authorities, communities, and private pest control services is essential to effectively combat the crisis.


As we navigate through these challenging times of climate change, it's evident that raising awareness and advocating for robust pest control measures are paramount.


Together, we can stem the tide of infestations and reclaim our homes from the relentless encroachment of rodents. Let's not allow 'Ratflation' to become the new norm – it's time to take a stand against pests and safeguard our communities.


If you have a rat infestation let us help! < Rat and Rodent Pest Control Services >




PGM & Son; Live chat facility to help our customers for free



Comments

Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating
bottom of page