WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling for the district council to scrap its pest control charges.
Rosie is alarmed at the number of residents who have contacted her regarding the amount of vermin spotted around the district.
However, those same people have indicated they do not want to report it to the council as they will have to stump up a minimum of £37.60 to get the problem sorted - and a further £10 if there are two or more types of pests which need tackling.
Rosie said: “I’ve had complaints from right across West Lancashire about the amount of vermin, particularly rats.
“As a district, we’ve got a lot of fields, watercourses and built up areas which are a haven for vermin. And of course, there are still areas which are still using bin bags and have not switched to wheelie bins, so that creates further problems.
“The plain truth is that the cost of calling out the council is putting people off getting the problem sorted.
“I’m told that rats reproduce very quickly, in a matter of weeks, so that in itself is a problem, but nobody can change that. However, what can be changed is this unfair levy and that is why I’m calling on the district council to abolish it completely.
“The pest control service was free up until just a few years ago and it worked perfectly well, so there is no good reason why a free service cannot be reinstated.”