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Pest Control

Craven District Council are no longer able to offer a pest control service for its residents and businesses. If you have a problem with pests, insects, rats or mice that you cannot deal with, you should contact a professional pest control contractor who will be able to carry out the necessary treatment.

The council does have powers to ensure that land owners and occupiers control pests on their land or property.  For basic information and advice on common pest species please visit the advice pages using the links below or call at the council reception to collect an information sheet.

Before contacting a pest control contractor you should try to understand why the problem exists as there may be some simple low cost measures that you can take to control the pests and, importantly, to prevent them from returning.  Many pests can be dealt with using pesticide products available in hardware stores and shops. If you do use pesticides or rodenticides you must carefully follow the instructions on the packaging to safeguard your own health, the health of any pets, and the environment.

If you are unable to resolve the problem yourself then the Yellow Pages lists a number of pest control contractors under Pest or Vermin Control, many of which show either the NPTA or the BPCA logo in their advert.  This indicates that the contractor is a member of the National Pest Technicians Association or the British Pest Control Association , organisations that place great importance on promoting the highest standard of professionalism within the industry.

  • Ant pictureAnts


    There are 41 different species of ant living in the UK. The one that causes most problems for people is the garden or black ant (Lasius Niger), which is 3.5 to 5mm long and dark brown to black in colour.

  • Pipistrelle batBats


    Bats are a protected species, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 provides protection for all species of bat found in the United Kingdom. It is illegal to kill, or even disturb, bats in their roosts.

  • Bed bugBed Bugs

    Bed Bugs

    Bed bugs are found world-wide and throughout the UK. They are nocturnal parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. By day they hide in crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper and skirting boards etc, emerging when hungry, usually every few days, to feed.

  • BeesBees


    Wherever possible bees should be left alone to thrive as they are rarely aggressive and their presence is actually beneficial for gardeners and their crop.

  • CockroachesCockroaches


    Cockroaches present a significant health risk and can carry a number of diseases including food poisoning, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

  • FleasFleas


    Fleas are blood-sucking insects of warm-blooded mammals. The most common pest fleas in the UK are cat and dog fleas. There are fleas that infest humans, but because of better sanitation these are becoming increasingly rare.

  • MiceMice


    House mice can live and breed in houses, buildings and other structures such as garden sheds, which give them protection from the cold and wet weather. Although an abundant supply of food is preferable, house mice can survive on relatively poor diets, eating between 3 to 4 grams of food a day and can survive without access to free water.

  • PigeonPigeons


    Flocks of pigeons are an increasing feature of many towns and cities. What we don't always see is that pigeons can cause a considerable amount of damage and nuisance where they roost.

  • Image of rats nestRats


    Rats are some of the most serious rodent pests in the world. They can carry diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis and campylobacter and cause structural damage to buildings by gnawing and burrowing.

  • SquirrelSquirrels


    The common 'pest' squirrel in the UK is the grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Grey squirrels build their nests in the forks or hollows of trees, using twigs, leaves and grass. Occasionally nests are made in the roof spaces of houses. Squirrels retire to their nests during wet or cold weather, but remain active throughout the year.

  • WaspWasps


    The common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) is mostly beneficial, destroying many insect pests to feed the growth of the nest. In autumn, however, after the nest matures, redundant workers flying off in search of fruit and sugary food can become a nuisance.