The worst rat hotspots in Powys have been revealed, showing dozens of complaints were made to the council in the last year.

In exclusive data that can be revealed by the County Times, it shows that dozens of complaints have been made across the county about rat infestations, with the highest concentrations being found in Welshpool and Newtown.

According to data released by Powys County Council, residents have made 14 report of rats in Welshpool and Newtown, respectively over the course of 2023. Brecon had the next highest number of issues with 10 complaints.

Elsewhere Machynlleth had nine instances of rat infestations and Llandrindod Wells had seven.

On the other hand, Builth Wells and Llanidloes only had one complaint each.  

The data on the map relates to the centre of the postcode where the complaint was made an and not a specific premises.

Most of the complaints were designated as being related to “filthy and verminous premises”.

The statistics are more stark due to the fact the Powys County Council has not offered a pest control service for several years.


After being approached by the County Times about the statistics, the council said it had no plans to bring back the service in the immediate future.

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A spokesperson for Powys County Council said: “The council no longer provides a pest control service, there is no statutory requirement to provide one.

“However, under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 both councils and individuals have duties relating to rodents (rats and mice) found on land.

“Occupiers and owners of land have a duty to ensure that where rats and mice are found on their land they are eradicated while the council has a duty to ensure that occupiers and owners carry out such duties.”