editorial image

Edinburgh’s rat infestation: The city’s 17 council areas ranked in order of pest control callouts

Edinburgh is facing a plague of rats, with ongoing bin collection problems believed to be at the heart of the epidemic.

A freedom of information request has revealed the council’s pest control team was called out 4,788 times last year - the equivalent of 13 times a day - to tackle vermin from rats to cockroaches. And one private pest controller in the city even claims rat callouts have surged by 20 per cent over this period - but the local authority disagrees. Here is a breakdown of the number of pest control requests made to the local authority in 2018 by ward area.

108 pest control requests received. Pictured is Oxgangs. Pic: Ian Georgeson

1. Colinton/Fairmilehead

108 pest control requests received. Pictured is Oxgangs. Pic: Ian Georgeson
TSPL
Buy a Photo
125 pest control requests made. Pictures is the Gyle Shopping Centre in Edinburgh. Pic: Lisa Ferguson.

2. Drum Brae/Gyle

125 pest control requests made. Pictures is the Gyle Shopping Centre in Edinburgh. Pic: Lisa Ferguson.
Buy a Photo
132 pest control requests made. Pictured is a welcome to Corstorphine sign. Pic: Ian Georgeson

3. Corstorphine/Murrayfield

132 pest control requests made. Pictured is a welcome to Corstorphine sign. Pic: Ian Georgeson
info@iangeorgesonphotography.co.
Buy a Photo
137 pest control requests made. This is a densely populated area and is relatively low down on the list. Pictured is Leith Walk itself. Pic: Ian Rutherford

4. Leith Walk

137 pest control requests made. This is a densely populated area and is relatively low down on the list. Pictured is Leith Walk itself. Pic: Ian Rutherford
JP licence
Buy a Photo
View more