Unfortunately the Council no longer provides a pest control service for its residents. If you have a problem with either an insect pest or rats or mice that you cannot deal with, you should contact a professional pest control contractor who will be able to carry out the necessary treatment. Standard telephone/trade directories list the contact details of pest control contractors under 'Pest' or 'Vermin' control. Many of the contractors listed will show either the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) or the National Pest Technicians Assocaition (NPTA) logo in their advert, which indicates that the contractor is a member of the BPA or the NPTA, organisations that seek to promote standards of professionalism within the industry. The BPA and NPTA websites will also help you to find contractors who are accredited to their organisations.
However, before contacting a pest control contractor you should try to understand why the problem exists, as there may be simple low cost measures that you can take to control the pests and, importantly, to prevent them from returning. Many pests can be dealt with using pesticide products available in hardware shops and garden centres. If you do use pesticides or rodenticides you must carefully follow the instructions on the packaging to safeguard your own health, the health of any pets, and the environment.
Further Information and Advice
For further advice on the legal responsibilities for dealing with pest issues please refer to the following Frequently Asked Questions.
The links below give further advice on specific pests and organisations that may be able to assist you with problems.
British Beekeepers Association
The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), registered charity 212025, was founded in 1874 and today it represents, at national level, the interests of 20,000 amateur beekeeper members and the 3 billion honey bees they care for when pollination activity is at its peak.
Harlequin Ladybird Survey
There are 46 species of ladybird (Coccinellidae) resident in Britain and the recent arrival of the harlequin ladybird has the potential to jeopardise many of these. The Harlequin Ladybird Survey will monitor its spread across Britain and assess its impact on native ladybirds.