Pest control

This is a service provided for pests that are considered to be a risk to public health or food safety including rats, house mice, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas and wasps. A service may also be provided to control pests that may become a nuisance in houses such as insect pests (beetles, flies, etc), mammals or birds.

Advice can be given on a wide range of pest control matters and we also provide an insect identification service.

All pest control staff are qualified to Royal Society for the Promotion of Health standards.

Note: Pesticides can only be applied when the presence of pests has been proven.

Domestic premises

Where multiple visits are required:


From 1 April 2016 the following charges will apply.

There is a call out charge of £32.50 included in the cost. You will be refunded the difference if no treatment is found to be necessary.

Type of pestDetailCharge £
(including VAT @ 20%)
Bed Bugs
  • Cost covers initial advisory visit and up to 3 subsequent visits
  • Additional visits (if required)
  • £65.00
  • £32.50 per visit
Fleas, wasps or other insects
  • First visit
  • Additional visits (if required)
  • £65.00
  • £32.50 per visit
Mice or ratsCost covers up to 3 visits (where necessary)£65.00
Other pests
(including feral pigeons)
Cost covers up to 3 visits (where necessary)£65.00

Note: Local bee keepers may remove swarms of honey bees when they pose a problem. Contact the Pest Control Service for details.

Requesting the service

If you suspect your home has a flea infestation, contact the Council's Contact Centre for further advice on how to prepare your property prior to treatment. Telephone: 01422 288002.

Payment in advance is required for all domestic treatments. The payment can be made over the phone using a debit or credit card (telephone: 01422 288002), or you can call into your local council office and pay over the counter.

Commercial premises

The service can be provided as either a one-off treatment or on a contract basis. We are also able to provide quotes for proofing buildings against pigeons.

Type of pestCharge £ per hour
includes materials (including VAT @ 20%)
Mice or rats£81.30
Wasps nests
  • per treatment - 1 visit, 1 nest only £65.00
  • Additional wasps nests £12.00

Contracts are priced individually on application: a free, no obligation survey will be carried out.

Last Updated: 29/03/2016