Rat numbers in Solihull are on the rise, according to figures detailing the number of concerned calls from residents.
And statistics made available to the Solihull News as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request, show that the number of reports increased by 20 per cent in the last financial year.
For April 2011 to March this year, the local authority logged 800 calls from locals about rats and associated problems.
This was up from the previous 12 month period, when 667 rodent-related problems were reported to the borough council.
Four years ago, concerns were raised that rat numbers would rise, after town halls started to introduce charges for pest control. Solihull Council, which charges £30 for tackling an infestation, said it was unable to provide information on which of the 17 wards were experiencing the most problems with vermin.
But Elmfarm Avenue, Marston Green, and the old Chattaways site, in Balsall Common, are among the hotspots mentioned by our readers in recent years.
While the number of calls did rise last year, the infestations pale into significance compared to neighbouring Birmingham.
Over the same two-year period, the city council had 32,778 call-outs – with 1678 racked up in the worst ward, Washwood Heath, alone.