Charges to be brought in for pest control

Charges are to be introduced for pest control, the council said today.

As part of the cost cutting measures, residents whose homes have become infested with mice, cockroaches and bed bugs will have to pay for treatments as of August 1.

Those on pensions or tenants in one of 11 housing associations in the borough will, however, continue to get the services for free.

Rat treatments will be free to everyone.

A recent study showed that bed bugs are a particular problem in the East End compared to other parts of London.

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The council said fees are to be set at a “competitive rate” and claims it is one of the last in the country to introduce charging for pest control.

Charges will range from �60 for fleas and wasps to �108 for mice, cockroaches, bed bugs and pharaoh ants.

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