Pest control

The Council provides a reactive pest control service that focuses upon protecting human health in domestic premises. For that reason not all pests are treated and no pest control treatment work is provided in business premises. No service is provided to control or eradicate moles, rabbits, foxes, deer, pigeons or seagulls.

Businesses should make requests for advice or treatment directly to commercial pest control contractors.

Cost of treatment:

  • For rats and mice in domestic premises £10. This charge will not apply for council tenants as pest control for mice and rats is included in their rent
  • For insects in domestic premises £70.20.

Examples of insects treated inside premises includes: Ants, Wasps, Fleas, Cockroaches, Bed bugs, Woodlice, Biscuit Beetles, Spider Beetles, Carpet Beetles, Silverfish, Mites, Flies.

To book an appointment for a pest control treatment telephone 01325 405111 or e mail [email protected].


The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act places a duty on occupiers and owners of land and property to eradicate rats. The owner or occupier can choose to employ either a contractor or the Council to deal with the problem. However, if the council is made aware of the presence of rodents and no action is taken then the Council has a duty to take enforcement action to achieve eradication.

Simple actions to help prevent problems with rats

  • Rats love compost bins. They are warm and full of food. Place wire mesh (1cm x 1cm) under the base of your compost bin or even better put it on a concrete base to stop rats getting in under the bin.
  • Keep rubbish in sealed bins with well fitting tops, and keep long grass to a minimum to reduce places for them to live.
  • Maintain drains and inspection chambers – holes or broken drains allow rats to escape from sewers and drains.
  • Inspect your house for any holes or faults in the brickwork. If the hole is not supposed to be there it needs to be repaired.
  • Don't scatter food for birds in the garden. If you feed the birds, use a feed container or leave food down only for a short time for ground feeding.