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.
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.
Leaflets on how to control pests can be downloaded here:
Ants SDC Ants [354.6KB]
Badgers SDC Badgers July 18 [748.43KB]
Cockroaches SDC Cockroaches [825.82KB]
Dustmites SDC dust mites [498.63KB]
Fleas SDC Fleas [436.08KB]
Grey Squirrels SDC squirrels [775.95KB]
Houseflies SDC House flies July 18 [708.93KB]
Pigeons SDC Pigeons July 18 [581.33KB]
Wasps and Bees Wasps and Bees leaflet Dec 2018 [886.46KB]
The link to the British Beekeepers Association below provides some useful advice.
Woodlice Woodlice leaflet Dec 2018 [501.76KB]
Woodworm SDC Woodworm July 18 [1.46MB]
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.