RESULTS that will make the skin of those living in the Arun district crawl have been published.
A freedom of information request, conducted by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), have revealed Arun, as a whole, is one of the worst-affected areas, locally, when it comes to pest problems.
The study, which focused on 406 local authorities nationwide, has shown pest controllers with Arun District Council were called out 887 times during 2011 to deal with rats.
Although the rate may have dipped in 2012, controllers were still called upon 779 times – which leaves Arun in the lowest 22 per cent, nationally, out of the 406 authorities questioned. Out of this, it ranked 87th in the highest-call list.
This is a lower ranking than all the other neighbouring authorities over 2012, with Adur District Council ranking 131st, Chichester District Council placing 200th and Worthing Borough Council recording the lowest pest reports for our area for dealing with rats, placing it in the top 30 per cent, nationally.
For the full story, see the Littlehampton Gazette, Thursday, October 17.