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Pest Control

Advice on Dealing with Pests

It is usually an occupant's responsibility to control pests and in some cases the council can take formal action to ensure that they are treated.

Sedgemoor District Council does not offer a service for the control of pests.

However, most household pests can be treated effectively and cheaply by the householder. For difficult infestations or particular pests such as bedbugs, bees and squirrels it may be advisable to contact a specialist provider by looking on the Internet, in a local directory or phone book. DIY pest control treatments are often available from good DIY shops; ironmongers; garden centres and pet shops. Always follow instructions very carefully.

General advice on rats and mice

  • Spread of disease
    Rodents can carry many diseases that affect humans one of which is Weil's disease. It can be fatal following liver failure. The disease can be spread by contact with rats' urine and droppings. Care should be taken to avoid contact with the above and it is recommended to seek professional help.
  • They cause damage
    Rodents can gnaw through a multitude of substances from woodwork, pipe work and insulating materials through to items of stock. More seriously, gnawed electrical cables have been known to cause electrical fires with the consequence of loss of life, loss of stock, loss of productivity, or all of these.
  • They eat and contaminate our food
    Pests eat our food wherever it is grown, stored, manufactured, transported or sold. In addition they contaminate far more which then has to be discarded.
  • Their presence can contravene the Law
    The Food Safety Act 1990 and its Regulations require a food business to ensure that it is kept free from infestations and that the premises shall be pest proof. Evidence of an infestation of a food premise by rats, mice or insects is indicative of the condition of those premises and a major infestation may render the proprietor liable to prosecution.

When coupled with the fact that a pair of rats can reproduce 130 young per year, the above considerations suggest that pest problems must be dealt with quickly, professionally and effectively.

Sedgemoor District Councils Pollution Control Team will attempt to identify and provide advice on a pest, free of charge, if you can provide us with a specimen. Please contact us for more information. Some animals such as bats and badgers are protected so always seek professional advice if in doubt.

Information on Pests

Leaflets on how to control pests can be downloaded here:

Ants Icon for pdf SDC Ants [354.6KB]

Badgers Icon for pdf SDC Badgers July 18 [748.43KB]

Cockroaches Icon for pdf SDC Cockroaches [825.82KB]

Dustmites Icon for pdf SDC dust mites [498.63KB]

Fleas Icon for pdf SDC Fleas [436.08KB]

Grey Squirrels Icon for pdf SDC squirrels [775.95KB]

Gulls Icon for pdf SDC Gulls July 18 [894.97KB]

Houseflies Icon for pdf SDC House flies July 18 [708.93KB]

Mice Icon for pdf Mice leaflet Dec 2018 [515.66KB]

Moles Icon for pdf SDC Moles July 18 [887.25KB]

Pigeons Icon for pdf SDC Pigeons July 18 [581.33KB]

Psocids Icon for pdf Psocids leaflet Dec 2018 [381.73KB]

Rats Icon for pdf Rats Leaflet Dec 2018 [824.36KB]

Wasps and Bees Icon for pdf Wasps and Bees leaflet Dec 2018 [886.46KB]

The link to the British Beekeepers Association below provides some useful advice.

British Beekeepers Association

Woodlice Icon for pdf Woodlice leaflet Dec 2018 [501.76KB]

Woodworm Icon for pdf SDC Woodworm July 18 [1.46MB]

What can I do if someone else is causing the infestation?

Everyone has a responsibility to keep their property free from rats and mice and other pests. You may believe that your infestation or problems are caused by someone else. For example they may have a large accumulation of waste that is attracting rats or they may be feeding the birds excessively or irresponsibly. Sometimes there is a drainage defect that allows rats up from the sewers and into homes.

If you wish to complain about another premises causing you an issue, please complete a Report a pest control problem form.