Council workers have reportedly been called to deal with rats in Glasgow homes and streets more than 14,000 times since 2016. 

The Scotsman are reporting that a freedom of information request submitted to Glasgow City Council shows an average of 17 calls are made to pest controllers every day in the city. 

This is apparently six times greater than the figures for Edinburgh, who only received 1,800 similar complaints in the same time period. 

A third of the 30 worst-affected streets are in Govanhill, with the south of Glasgow seeing the highest number of callouts for pest controllers. 

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The newspaper's figures show that Allison Street had 68 complaints about rats in living areas since 2016.

This was twice the number of the next highest road, Cathcart Street, also in the area.

The council have now said a programme of steel bin replacements across the city will make a difference in reducing the number of complaints, resulting in fewer vermin.

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A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council added: “The current initiative to replace 50,000 old-style steel bins across the city will have a significant impact on the rat population.

“Steel bins are small and often in poor condition which can lead to the spread of litter and waste, which encourages vermin and creates health and safety issues.

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“We always aim to respond to calls from the public for pest control support as quickly as possible while focusing resources where intensive treatments are required.”