PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide a pest control treatment service. However the Council has legal powers to require owners and/or occupiers to treat for pests. More detail is given in the 'Pests and the Law' section below.
If you have a pest problem we strongly recommend that you use a pest control professional to deal with the problem. Some information on treating pests yourself is given below.
Private sector tenants
If you are renting in the private sector and you are concerned about pests you should contact your landlord.
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 the Food Health and Safety for advice on 0115 907 2244 ext 3820 or email email@example.com.
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
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)
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
You are strongly advised to use a professional pest controller. 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 provide relevant information you may need to call a pest controller see ‘Finding a pest control professional’ above.
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.
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:
Public Health Act 1936 section 83 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 in practice is taken to mean rats, mice, fleas, cockroaches and bedbugs, but could include other insects in extreme cases.
Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 section 4 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.
Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 80 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”.
If you have concerns about issues of this nature, please contact us on 0115 9072244 Ext 3820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 us 0115 9072244 for one to be posted to you.
- Bed bugs
- Biscuit beetles
- Black ants
- Carpet beetles
- Cluster flies
- Grey squirrels
- Mealworm beetles
- Rats and mice