Pest problems in empty houses
A LIST of rats, fleas, and other creepy crawlies lurking in some of the borough’s empty homes has been revealed.
Pest control officers were called out 33 times to empty properties in the 12 months up to the end of July, according to data released by Six Town Housing, which manages 7,846 houses and flats across the borough.
A Six Town Housing spokesman said only six of the cases resulted in tenants having to pay — about £80 each — for treatment.
He added: “We take reports of any pest problems in our empty homes seriously, and work with partners in pest control at Bury Council to eradicate any problems that occur as soon as possible.”
Eight were in Radcliffe, where rats were found in Seymour Walk and Thorpe Avenue and birds’ nests were found in a house in Seddon Avenue and in Borough Avenue.
There were four reports from Prestwich — silverfish in Warwick Street, wasps in High Bank Crescent, fleas in Park Street and in Bent Lane.
There was one report from Whitefield — bed bugs in Alexandra Avenue and fleas in Welbeck Close.
Most complaints — 16 — came from central or northern Bury.
Wasps were reported at houses in Chaffinch Drive, Fairfield, and Toon Crescent, Brandlesholme, and there were reports of fleas in Moss Row, Bury, Griffin Close, Freetown, Horridge Street, Woolfold, Knight Street, Elton, Spinney Drive, Limefield, Parkside Walk, Bury, and Holme Avenue, Brandlesholme.
Rats were a problem in Goldfinch Drive, Fairfield, and Arley Avenue, Limefield, and bees and ants were also an issue on other streets.
A Six Town Housing spokesman added: “Out of the empty properties we managed during this period, only 33 required pest control involvement.”
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