QUANDARIES over having rats in the kitchen could soon be a thing of the past thanks to new scheme being pioneered in Hall Green.
The pest control scheme, which starts on Monday, November 3 and runs until the end of March next year, includes a fresh approach to tackling rats in gardens, alleyways, parks and wasteground.
Coun Paula Smith (Lib Dem, Hall Green) said the constituency would "dramatically" benefit from the scheme.
"There is a river running through Hall Green which attracts a few more rodents than normal.
"And some people have a tendency to leave rubbish out, which attracts vermin"
Coun Smith praised the work already carried out by the council but believed a more intense approach would reduce the number of complaints significantly.
Birmingham City Council plan to deal with household infestations on the same day - when complaints are received before 1pm - and all complaints within 24 hours. As well as Hall Green, the scheme is being piloted in Perry Barr and if successful, will be rolled out across the city.
Pest control staff will survey households in an area, offer advice and make an appointment the following week to deal with any problems.
This is a marked improvement on the existing service which waits for people to report an infestation and then promises to visit at some point in the next five working days.
The pest controllers will also ask environmental wardens, park rangers and other council staff to identify rodent hotspots.
A Birmingham council spokesman said: "It is hoped that by combining a proactive and reactive approach to pest control residents will start to experience a noticeable decline in rodent populations, which in turn will have a positive affect on residents' health and their environment."