Have you got a problem with pests in your home?

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An ITV Wales investigation has revealed that more than a quarter of our councils no longer operate domestic pest control services.

The cutbacks could have an impact on our streets and homes, and there are concerns that people will risk using dangerous chemicals without precaution.

Here are some of the most common household pests and our top-tips to stop them from paying your home an unwanted visit:

  • Rats and mice: Store food in containers with tight fitting lids and keep the place as tidy as you can, avoiding bits of food falling on the floor or being left out on kitchen work surfaces. Keep rubbish bags in metal bins with the lid tightly sealed.

  • Bedbugs: Inspect your mattress regularly and avoid buying or sleeping on old mattresses. The NHS also recommends keeping your bedroom as tidy as you can to reduce the amount of hiding places available.

  • Cockroaches: Where possible, block or seal gaps coming into your home such as around windows or drains. Keep work surfaces clean and food tightly sealed in containers.

  • Fleas: Ensure any household pets are regularly treated for fleas, regularly wash your pet's bedding and vacuum frequently.

  • Wasps: Check your loft for small holes and gaps. Limit planting sweet smelling flowers or fruit trees near to windows and doors and inspect areas regularly.

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And if you're still unlucky?

  • Contact your local council: Many councils still offer a pest control service and can help to both identify and treat the problem. Services range from wasps to bed-bugs with charges varying according to the council, the type of pest and the scale of the problem.

  • Contact a pest control company: The British Pest Control Association offers an online search tool to find your local and accredited pest controller. You can also select the type of pest you wish to treat ranging from ants and moths to squirrels and birds.

  • Be wary of taking matters into your own hands. Certain poisons can be highly toxic and, if used at all, should be treated with caution.