Rise in rodents as weekly rubbish collections drop

Picking are slim for many during the economic downturn but not it seems for rodents. As an increasing number of cash-strapped councils have been forced to cut back on weekly bin collections in the past five years, more than a quarter of households say they have noticed a rise in vermin.  One in five homes has been damaged by rodents, such as rats or mice, and pests causing £500million of damage.

The most common was vermin chewing through cables. "The dangers of ignoring a pest problem can be devastating," said LV home insurance, which commissioned the research.

METRO Friday February 24 2012