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Don’t let uninvited guests ruin your summer.

Date: 05/08/2008           Category: Community Safety

Rodents, fleas, wasps and ants can be an unhygienic nuisance, but one that can easily be solved by calling Medway Council’s pest control team. Bob Ward, who lives in Church Farm Close, Hoo, with his wife Christine, contacted Medway Council’s environmental health team after a family of mice decided to set up home in his garage. He said: “Christine and I could hear the mice running around in our roof and in the ceiling. They would run through the garage next to our house, and run up the walls and into the ceiling. “We live in a rural area and sometimes get problems with rodents when the farmers cut their fields. The mice are disturbed by the work and will often run to the nearby gardens. “It can be a little embarrassing to admit that rodents have moved in to your home, but I was very pleased with the service we received. The officer who visited our house was sympathetic and very professional. He laid down a tray of poison at the entrance to the garage, which was where he believed they were entering our property, and several mousetraps, which also contained poison, to other areas of the garage. He returned once a week to check and refill the traps with poison until the problem had been resolved.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti was pleased to hear Mr Ward’s praise for the service. He said: “It’s always pleasing to hear someone thank council officers when they have helped to improve their life. “Working in pest control services isn’t the most glamorous job in the world, but the council’s officers work hard to ensure unhygienic creatures are removed humanely and efficiently.” Medway Council’s pest control team offers treatment to residential premises against the following pests: Rats - free of charge Wasps, ants, mice and fleas - £40 per treatment. Pest control services are also available to businesses and for other pests, with quotations given upon request. Please call Customer First on 01634 333333 or visit www.medway.gov.uk for more details about pest control.