As from 10th September 2018 Adur & Worthing Councils have negotiated a new pest control service with Dial a Pest (SDK Environmental Services) for members of the public to use for their domestic property needs.
The agreed prices (inclusive of VAT) are:
- Fleas and bedbugs: £79.20
- Mice: £66.00
- Rats: £66.00
- Wasps nest: £54.00
- Cockroaches: £106.80
Pest control fees:
- Payment for treatment is normally collected by Dial a Pest (SDK Environmental Services) by debit or credit card once your booking has been confirmed
- You have the right to cancel and obtain a full refund at any time up and until the treatment commences
- You must accept our contractor's treatment terms and conditions before any work can take place
Please note: Managing agents/Letting agencies if you require treatment you will be required to pay the commercial rate unless your tenant contacts the contractor directly.
If you need a pest control service please use the link below:
- This new service is directly provided by Dial a Pest (SDK Environmental Services - not Adur & Worthing Councils), please contact Dial a Pest about the service or if you have any queries
- Other pest control services are available
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 no longer offers an in-house Pest Control service. The service is now run by Dial a Pest (SDK Environmental Services). Below is some useful advice on how you can deal with a number of different pests and the hazards they can pose.
Advice about pests: the council can offer advice on the following pests:
- Biscuit Beetles
- Pigeons (feral pigeons)
Other pest advice: you may find some useful information about them on the links to external websites provided:
- Ants - on the Wikipedia website
- Bats - please note bats are protected by law - for information see:
- Booklice (Psocids/Psocoptera) - on the Wikipedia website
- Brown tail moths and caterpillars - on the Wikipedia website
- Crane fly / Daddy long legs - on the Wikipedia website
- Earwigs - on the Wikipedia website
- False widow spiders (Steatoda) - on the Wikipedia website
- Harlequin ladybirds - on the Wikipedia website
- Maybugs / Cockchafers - on the Wikipedia website
- Moles - on the Wikipedia website
- Scarlet lily beetles / Red Lily Beetles - on the Wikipedia website
- Silverfish - on the Wikipedia website
- Slugs - on the Wikipedia website
- Snails - on the Wikipedia website
- Woodlice - on the Wikipedia website
If you wish to make a complaint about a food business then please refer to:
If you wish to make a complaint about another type of premises then please contact the Pest Control service (see contact details right).
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:
- This Act provides general protection for all domestic and captive animals and makes it an offence to do or omit to do anything likely to cause unnecessary suffering.
- See also: Protection of Animals Act 1911 - on the UK Legislation website
- 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:
- This Act protects birds, their nest and their eggs. It also prohibits certain methods of killing them and other forms of wildlife.
- See also: Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 - on the UK Legislation website
Contact Pest Control service: provided by Dial a Pest (SDK Environmental Services)
Please see the Dial a Pest (SDK Environmental Services) website link on the main body of our Pest Control page