A RAT decided to take up residence in our garden.

I phoned the council office expecting to hear the screech of brakes at any moment, as a team of pest control operatives arrived at our gate.

I was told the cost would be £60. I bought a rat trap from Homebase.

Cost £25. Problem solved. I then discovered a wasps' nest in the garden.

Once again I phoned the council.

Yes, they would destroy it. Cost £67.

I bought a spray (wasp nest destroyer). Cost £5.

With complete disregard for my health and safety I sent my wife out at dusk to spray them.

Problem solved.

Tim Evans, address supplied.