RATS and mice are the blight of people’s homes and offices.
Pest controllers are asked to remove the tiny rodents from Kirklees homes and buildings about 50 times a week.
And now a leading health organisation say one government department should take control to supervise and monitor pest control.
Kirklees Council have dealt with 258 requests for help or complaints of mice and rats inside or outside so far this year – around 50 per week.
Last year there were 2,501 requests while there were 2,686 in 2007.
Rats inside the home were most common through January to March last year.
Though the highest number of complaints outside the home were from April to June.
In Yorkshire, rat infestations jumped by almost one third last year – the biggest rise in the UK, pest controllers say.
Councils in the region handled 29,483 complaints in 2007-2008, up 30% on the previous year, said the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA).
Barrie Sheard, from the NPTA said: “Brown rats continue to be our most important national rodent pest. They were responsible for nearly three quarters of all local authority treatments we recorded in 2007-08.
“Unless local authorities, utilities and other business can find new ways of working together and with householders to combat rats and mice through well-planned and coordinated professional treatment, we can only see our national rodent problem becoming progressively worse in the years ahead.”
One reason for the increase is the suggestion that DIY treatments by untrained people could lead to infestation problems going unresolved.
The decrease in household rubbish collections mean that residents have rubbish in their bins for longer.
While people throwing food cartons from takeaways on the pavements is also leading to an increase in rats outside.
Rats and mice are also known to nibble on bird feed in gardens, while poorly secured household waste is also a feeding and breeding ground of vermin.
Graham Jukes, from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said: “In the UK control of our most significant pests is loosening when it should be tightening.
“Far from being relics of the past, incidence of pest-borne disease is a public health issue and the risk will grow in the absence of action.”
Kirklees Council have Pest Control officers working to treat infestations of mice, rats, cockroaches, fleas and bed bugs.
There is no statutory obligation for them to provide a pest control service, and they charge residents around £60 for three visits – required to treat the infestation.