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Pest Control

We do not provide a pest control treatment service

Householders

If you have a pest problem we recommend that you use a pest control professional to deal with the problem. Some information on treating pests yourself is given below.

Businesses

For any business with a pest problem we strongly advise that you use a pest control professional as additional legal requirements will apply. If you are from a food business with a pest problem you should contact a member of the Food Health and Safety for advice (tel: 0115 907 2244 ext 3280).

Private sector tenants

If you are renting in the private sector and you are concerned about pests you should contact your landlord.

Finding a pest control professional

Pest controllers are listed in telephone directories or by an online search. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) or National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) can help you find a pest controller (one which follows their code of conduct). You can also find pest controllers via the Derbyshire County Council Trusted Trader website. Links to their websites are given below.

When looking for a pest controller, make sure you:

  • get at least three quotations
  • find out if there is a call out fee or fixed charge
  • find out what service and guarantee they will provide you with
  • ensure they have insurance cover
  • check their qualifications (a certificate in Pest Control from the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (RSPH) or the BPCA)
  • are happy with him/her and understand the advice he or she gives
  • consider personal recommendations from friends, neighbours

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 rodenticides are used, your pest controller should carry out an environmental assessment to consider the possible threats to wildlife and domestic animals.

Householders - treating pests yourself

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) provides an A to Z of pests with advice on how to deal with each pest (such as insects and mammals).

If this does not work you may like to call in a pest controller see ‘Finding a pest control professional’ above for more information.

In domestic premises if you choose to treat the problem yourself most of the necessary materials can be purchased from hardware stores, DIY outlets and garden centres.

Pesticides are poisons so please ensure you follow manufacturer's instructions and health and safety best practice at all times. 

When using these products you should:-

  • Get the right product for the pest you are dealing with.
  • Avoid ingestion, inhalation or skin contact.
  • Keep children and animals away from sprayed areas until completely dry, and away from solid baits.
  • Do not use pesticides on food preparation surfaces or in food cupboards.
  • Ensure the product is laid in the correct manner and is not available to children, pets or other animals.
  • Pick up and dispose of any mice/rat bodies. 

Information Leaflets

The leaflets listed below are available for you to download. They contain detailed information on individual pest species, advice on treatment and prevention. If you would prefer a hard copy, please contact the Council’s Contact Centre (Tel: 0115 9072244) and they will arrange for one to be posted to you.

Pests and the Law

We enforce the provisions of three Acts of Parliament which impose duties on owners and/or occupiers of premises/land regarding infestations. These are:

  • Section 83 Public Health Act 1936 which gives local authorities the power to require the owner or occupier of a property to clean verminous premises. “Vermin” is not precisely defined but includes insects and parasites, their eggs, larvae and pupae. In practice, vermin is taken to mean fleas, cockroaches and bedbugs, but could include other insects in extreme cases.
  •  Section 4 of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 which gives local authorities the power to require the owner or occupier of land (but not agricultural land) to take steps for the destruction of rats or mice or keeping land free from rats and mice. The power extends to carrying out works in default and recovery of the costs incurred.
  • Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended) extends the list of statutory nuisances to include “any insects emanating from relevant industrial trade or business premises and being prejudicial to health or a nuisance”.

It should be noted that this provision does not apply to insects from domestic premises and that some insects are excluded (see Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981).You should also note that many types of land including arable, meadow, reed beds and woodlands are not classed as relevant land.

If you have concerns about issues of this nature, please contact us via the Contact Centre on 0115 9072244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leaflets:

For further information please visit

The British Pest Control Association at www.bpca.org.uk

The National Pest Technicians Association at www.npta.org.uk

Link to Derbyshire County Council Trusted Trader site.