Pest Control

Pest Control Latest News –  Asian Hornet

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and does not cause any more health risk to us than if you were stung by a bee or wasp, but  they can cause damage to honey bees. We need to protect our honey bees as we need them to pollinate most of our plants that we need for food.  

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you can report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by emailing

More information from the government on the Asian hornet, what they look like, and where they were last seen is available in the link in Related Content.

Hairy caterpillars  

There has been some information in the press recently about Hairy/Toxic Hairy Caterpillars.

This relates to the Oak Processionary Moth, or in some cases the Brown Tail Moth.  Although we do not carry out a pest control service for either of these, we  have added some links in the Related Content  section which provides information about identification and what to do if you discover these caterpillars.


We no longer offer a pest control service. However, we do have a range of pest control advice leaflets available to download from the Related Content section. These give some general advice on the most common pest problems.
We also have advice leaflets on some common garden visitors like badgers and foxes.    

Rats and mice

Public open spaces/car parks

If you have concerns about rat sightings for the Council’s own land and buildings (for example council car parks or open spaces) please contact our Customer Services team on 01702 318111

Commercial food premises

If you have concerns about rats or mice regarding Commercial Food premises, please contact our Customer Services team on 01702 318111.

Did you know?

Water voles are commonly mistaken for rats; please click on the link in Related Content to the Wildlife Trust which gives an identity guide.