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Please note that the Council run Pest Control service came to an end on Friday 3rd August 2018. We are currently looking into alternative arrangements to provide this service in the future.

Pest Control

Other information:

Advice about pests

As a general rule, it is an individual's responsibility to deal with the pests on his or her premises.

Some can be dealt with by homeowners and business owners themselves, using products readily available from retail outlets.

However, others need special treatments and it is essential to get proper, professional advice on how to deal with them safely and quickly, without damaging the environment, affecting people's health or causing damage to the property.

Please note that the Council run Pest Control service came to an end on Friday 3rd August 2018. We are currently looking into alternative arrangements to provide this service in the future.

Advice about pests: the council can offer advice on the following pests:

Other pest advice: you may find some useful information about them on the links to external websites provided:

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Reporting pests on commercial properties

Food premises:

If you wish to make a complaint about a food business then please refer to:

Other premises:

If you wish to make a complaint about another type of premises then please contact the Pest Control service (see contact details right).

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Legislation

The following Acts relate to Pest Control. There are numerous other Acts which maybe taken into consideration.

  • Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949:
    • Section 2: Every Local Authority is responsible for ensuring that its district is kept free of rats and mice by undertaking inspections, destroying rodents on its own land and enforcing similar duties on owners and occupiers land.
    • Section 3: Occupiers of non agricultural land must notify the Local Authority if substantial numbers of rats and mice are living on their land.
    • Section 4: The Local Authority can require owners and occupiers of land to take specified action within a reasonable time to get rid of rats and mice. A notice can detail methods of treatment, when it has to be carried out and any structural repairs. The Local Authority can take action in default and charge the owner/ occupier.
    • Section 6: The Local Authority can take action where substantial numbers of rats and mice are found on land comprised of a number of different premises and recover costs. 
    • See also: Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 - on the UK Legislation website
  • Protection of Animals Act 1911:
  • Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1927:
    • This Act amends Section 8 of the Protection of Animals Act 1911 so that the use of poison or poison bait is prohibited on any land or building except for the purpose of destroying insects, rats and mice provided that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent injury to cats, dogs, fowls and other domestic animals and wild birds.
    • See also: Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1927 - on the UK Legislation website
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981:

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