Trading Standards officers are urging residents to be on their guard following reports of possible bogus callers posing as pest control officers.
Cold callers have been knocking on doors of households in Walsall offering to clear wasps nests or bugs from your home for a fee.
But Trading Standards officers in Walsall are warning people to check that they are qualified or experienced in removing pests. If they do not have the correct qualifications and training, they may take your money without carrying out the job properly.
Officers are urging people to contact Walsall Council on 01922 653344 if they have a problem with any pests in the home including bees, rats, wasps and mice and the pest control team will remove them.
Walsall Council employs three full time pest control officers who are very experienced specialist operatives. Some treatments are free, and others are chargeable at a rate dependent on whether you are in receipt of one of a number of types of benefit, but briefly, the charges for treatment are as follows:
Rats, bedbugs and cockroach treatments are free to all householders.
Mice in the house are charged at £25, or free if on one of the benefits.
Wasps, ants, fleas, weevils, biscuit or carpet beetles are charged at £48, or £25 if on certain benefits.
The council does not treat for pigeons, foxes, or squirrels, or offer any service to remove birds from lofts or chimneys. Also, the council does not treat against bees or remove bees nests or hives. If a nest or hive is particularly close to the house and is causing considerable distress, the council will request that a bee keeper get in touch with you to offer advice.
Councillor Zahir Ali, portfolio holder for public health and protection with Walsall Council’s Coalition, said: “Do not be tempted to take up the offer of cold-callers offering to remove any nest of bees or wasps, as you may find that the person offering the service is an opportunist who has no specialist knowledge of this work.
“You might end up paying out a large fee only to find the pests have not been dealt with properly. Please contact the council directly if you need a pest control service.”