Queen’s Holyroodhouse residence infested with pests

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow
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THE QUEEN’S official home in Scotland is the most pest-infested of all the nation’s historic properties.

Figures released by Historic Scotland reveal that the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh has made 16

pest-related callouts since 2010.

The palace is regularly affected by mice, ants and wasps, although the bill for dealing with the critters was a modest £4801.

Edinburgh Castle came second worst on the list with 11 call outs over the three year period to deal with their unwanted intruders which included mice, wasps and even a squirrel.

Stirling Castle spent the most on eradicating unwanted intruders - splashing out more than £1800 on controlling pigeons and wasps.

As well as spending the third highest amount at £1,104.50, Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh also had the third most call outs –ten since 2010.

More than £51,000 has been spent on the 345 protected sites in the last three years to battle pest problems.

A spokesman for Historic Scotland said they take “the care and wellbeing” of their sites “very seriously”.

Edinburgh Council received 4722 calls about rats between 2004 and 2013.