A SCAMMER has been asking for cash in return for eradicating an ‘infestation of red spider mite’, Solihull Council has warned.
The council’s trading standards and environmental compliance team alerted residents after a reported recent incident on Dovehouse Lane in Solihull.
In a statement it says: “BEWARE: SCAM:.. A man on Dovehouse Lane had his door knocked by a young white male dressed in high visibility trousers and top a short while ago.
“The male said that there was an infestation of red spider mite in the area and that he would charge £250 for the back and front gardens to be sprayed.
“He said that a nearby resident had been recently fined £3,000 by the Health and Safety Executive for not dealing with an infestation.
“Beware of scams at your doorstep. Our advice is always NOT to agree to anything at your door.
“Do not be pressurised into making a decision by tales of the consequences of not having things done.
“Do your homework first and if you want advice call Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
“Call 999 immediately if you feel threatened by a doorstep caller.”
The Royal Horticultural Society says red spider mite can be one of the most troublesome problems of greenhouse plants and houseplants.
It is a sap-sucking mite that attacks the foliage of plants, causing a mottled appearance, and in severe cases, leaf loss and plant death, the society says.