Following a series of Freedom of Information requests, the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) said that Bexley was one of the lowest ranked boroughs for residents asking for help to control rats. 59 rat call outs put it in 312th place and the BPCA compared it favourably with nearby boroughs, Lewisham with 746 rat incidents being singled out for special mention. They suggested the low figures might have something to do with population densities. I would like to offer an alternative explanation. The price!
Bexley : £120 to deal with rats and £189 for cockroaches per treatment.
Lewisham : No charge for rats. Cockroaches £155 for three infestations.
Bromley : £74 for rats (as many visits as it takes). Cockroaches £98.
Greenwich : Mice £22.50 (rats not specifically mentioned, possibly free). Cockroaches £55 per treatment.
Bexley also manages to levy the highest council tax and is the only borough which fails to offer pest control discounts and concessions to the elderly and those on benefits. Listening to no one, working for themselves.
All figures from council websites yesterday. Click image for News Shopper report.