Pest Control and the local council

Pest Control and the local council. If you have a pest issue, whether that may be wasps or even rats. The first thing you might think to do is call your local council, after all you pay council tax and the council is meant to run services free at the point of use. So you might be surprised to find out that when it comes to pest control this is not the case! If you were now to call your council for a pest control problem, you would have to pay them for it.

Pest Control and the local council

Councils charge for pest control services

What’s available

Look for example at the East Hampshire District Council’s price list for pest control. Many people might approach the council thinking it will be free, but you will have to pay if you want them to get rid of say, bedbugs! Not the kind of surprise you want from a organisation that is meant to look after you. Though to be fair, there are scenarios where the council may provide pest control services for free. This being if you have rats or mice and are one of the following: part of a council tax support scheme, a residential premise occupied by just students, occupied only by people under 18 or only by a person who is “severely mentally impaired”. Furthermore, if you fall into any of these categories, you can receive significant discounts on the other pest control services from the council.


Pest Control and the local council

Flying Ants

Local Pest Control Businesses

But what do you do if you don’t fall into these categories? Well in that case is there really any good reason to use the council over a private company? Let’s say for example that you have an ant problem. If this is the case, the council can just refuse to do it. As specified on the East Hampshire District Council’s website other insects and pests removal services are “offered only at the discretion of the service”. So why not be sure of a solution with Shawyers whose team has dealt with a huge range of pests including those of ants. Call Chris your local Pest Control Professional here at Shawyers for expert advice.