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Figures revealed today show which areas of the Fylde coast council pest control officers have visited most often.

Devonshire Road tops the list for Blackpool, while last year in Fylde the most call outs came from Woodlands Drive in Wrea Green.

Figures from Wyre Council showed Pilling Lane in Preesall was among areas visited the most often.

Rodents, wasps, fleas and bed bugs are among the vermin which have had to be eradicated.

However the figures, which were provided following a Freedom of Information request asking for data for the most visited streets in each borough, do not cover private pest control operators who also respond to calls.

Since 2013, Blackpool Council’s pest control officer had made 10 visits to Devonshire Road to deal with four rodents, four wasp or bee infestations and two insect infestations.

Coun Simon Blackburn, whose Brunswick ward covers part of Devonshire Road, said: “Devonshire Road frequently tops league tables.

“This is significant of nothing more than that it is one of the longest continually named roads in the borough, stretching from Red Bank Road to the Number 3 pub, and passing through four electoral wards.”

Reads Avenue in Talbot Ward was visited eight times, once for a rodent infestation, and once for wasps and bees and six times for insects.

Talbot ward councillor Mark Smith said: “There might be problems if properties are not being maintained properly, but problems with vermin is not something I have had complaints about.

“I think most businesses probably have a contract with a private company which would come round and carry out an inspection.”

Four streets in Fleetwood featured in the Wyre figures - Poulton Road, Bold Street, Abbotts Walk and Broadway.

Coun Ruth Duffy, who represents Mount Ward in Fleetwood, said: “I dealt with an issue around 18 months ago when someone had left behind a lot rubbish in the back yard of a property in Warren Street which they had moved out of.

“But generally there don’t seem to be a huge amount of call outs.

“Some people in private accommodation may deal with it themselves, using cats for example to catch mice.

“I also think since we moved onto having wheelie bins instead of black bin bags for our rubbish collections, that that has made a positive difference.”

A spokesman for Fylde Council said: “The call outs in Fylde are predominantly rural areas where there are fields and streams.

“They are predominantly field mice which are not dirty, and you also get a lot of wasps in rural areas.

“This year we have also had a long, dry summer which may have had an affect.

“We don’t think there is a particular problem.

“Woodlands Drive in Wrea Green, where there has been a lot of call outs, has also seen some building work recently which may have disturbed some mice.”