Pest control

Pests within the home are a nuisance and can be a health hazard.

We do not offer pest control services, but there are a number of resources and organisations who may be able to help you inf you need to deal with a pest problem.

Pest control advice for householders​

You can treat most common pests yourself using:

  • powders
  • sprays
  • foams

You can also deal with vermin such as mice and rats by using traps.

These products are widely available from supermarkets, garden centres and hardware stores.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA)  provides an A to Z of pests with advice on how to deal with different insects and animals.

Dealing with pests safely
When treating pests yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions and Health and Safety best practice at all times.

Pesticides are poisonous, so make sure you:

  • avoid ingestion, inhalation or contact with skin
  • keep children and animals away from sprayed areas until completely dry, and away from solid bait
  • do not use pesticides on food preparation surfaces or in food cupboards

Pest control organisations
When choosing a pest controller, make sure you use a reputable service provider.

The BCPA can help you find a pest controller which follows their code of conduct.

If bait is used, your pest controller will need to visit a few times to inspect the bait and keep it topped up. They should also carry out a final inspection once the programme is complete to ensure no bait is left behind.

If rodent poisons are used, your pest controller should carry out an environmental assessment to consider the possible threats to wildlife and domestic animals. Find out more about responsible use of poisons by visiting Think Wildlife.