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Council Services:

Pest Control

The council provides a pest control treatment service.

West Lindsey District Council now offers pest control services through Elite Pest Management Ltd (EPM), providing residents with competitively priced service.  A full list is provided below, along with an indication of prices, but it must be noted that not all pests can be treated with a single visit from an EPM technician.

To get an appointment on any pest control issue please complete this online form

You can also ring Customer Services on 01427 676676 and someone from Elite Pest Management Ltd will call you to arrange an appointment.

Please see the downloadable leaflets provided by EPM to give more detailed information regarding the treatments.

 

Ants£45 + VAT
Bed Bugs

Treatments start from £150 + VAT

Initial survey costs £45 + VAT, the cost to treat a property varies on the severity of the infestation and property size. A quotation will then be submitted based on result.

Cockroaches

Treatments start from £75 + VAT

Initial survey costs £45 + VAT, to establish the type and extent of the infestation. A quotation will then be submitted based on results. It may be possible to carry out a treatment while doing the survey.

Cluster FliesTreatment costs £45 - £85 + VAT dependant on the severity of the infestation and size of the property.
Fleas

Initial treatment costs £55 + VAT . Please note: fleas are normally treated with one visit; however particularly bad/persistent flea issues may need further treatments. This will be clarified during the first treatment visit.

Additional treatments will be charged £45 + VAT.

Rats and Mice

Treatment costs £125 + VAT

Please note: Treatments normally take a minimum of three visits. The price includes 1x initial call out and 2x follow ups.

However particularly persistent problems may need additional follow ups which will be charged at £40 + VAT per visit

WaspsTreatment costs £45 + VAT


Those receiving housing benefit and/or council tax benefit, or who have state pension as their only income, are eligible for a refund of up to £41.50 toward the cost of treatment for fleas, rats or mice. No refund is payable for treatment of any other pest. To claim the refund please contact us on 01427 676676 to request a claim form. A receipt for payment must be provided when returning the form.

Ants

Ants normally nest outside in the ground, and commonly beneath paving and in walls. They become a nuisance when they enter homes as they search for food, however they do not normally constitute a risk to the health of the occupants. The nests can be inaccessible and this makes their direct destruction difficult.  Good hygiene and the removal of potential food sources, particularly sweet foods, can help to reduce the problem from foraging ants in the house.

Bees

Bees are protected and as they do very little damage and are unlikely to be a threat to public health it is advised to leave them alone. Generally, bees won’t sting unless provoked. It will only be necessary to treat bees which pose particular danger e.g. at a school or nursery.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs do not fly so they must crawl or be transported in things like clothing, luggage or furniture. Bedbugs feed on blood and they can survive for long periods of time without feeding. In domestic premises most infestations are found in the bedroom. Their hiding places will be close to where their host sleeps - in the bed frame, mattress, bedside furniture, skirting boards or wallpaper etc.

The female bedbug lays white eggs approximately 1mm long into cracks and crevices. They will lay about 200 eggs which will hatch in 10 to 20 days and will reach adulthood in about nine weeks. The adults live for up to 18 months, usually feeding weekly, but can survive for over a year without blood. Their presence can be upsetting and stressful, however they do not transmit any human diseases and most people do not develop any serious skin reaction.

You will need professional help in dealing with an infestation of bed-bugs.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can spread diseases such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid and polio. Cockroaches and their faeces can also cause allergic reactions. The most common species of cockroach in Britain is the German cockroach which is 10-15mm in length and of a yellowish-brown colour. Less common are Oriental cockroaches which are dark brown and up to 30mm in length. 

The development from egg to adult can take between 6 to 18 months depending mainly on temperature. The adult has a life expectancy of around 26 weeks. Cockroaches can be found in premises where food is stored or handled including in the home. They are nocturnal insects can survive without food for several months but not without water, and will spend most of the day hiding in cracks, around drains, pipe work and service ducting.

Getting rid of cockroaches is difficult because their eggs are resistant to poisons and may lay dormant for months before hatching. It is therefore recommended that treatment is only carried out by professional pest control operatives.

Fleas

Flea infestation is one of the most common health problems occurring in cats and dogs. Almost every dog and cat will become infested with fleas at some time during its life. The life cycle of the flea begins when the adult flea lays eggs in the coat of the pet. The eggs then drop off into the environment and develop to form the next generation of adult fleas. When it first emerges the young adult flea immediately begins to search for a host and a blood meal. One to two days after landing on a host and taking her meal of blood, the female can start to lay eggs and the flea cycle begins again.

Prevention is always better than cure in the control of fleas.  If a problem is identified, it is advised to take action as soon as possible.

Rats and mice

Rats and mice are common. If you see a rat or mouse outside your property on one occasion there is generally no need to worry.  However, if you continue to see clear evidence of their presence such as excavated holes in soil, small droppings or disturbed foodstuffs, then treatment will need to be carried out.

If the problem is inside the home, look to see how the rats or mice could be getting in such as holes around waste pipes, around ill-fitting doors and windows or through broken drains. If repairs are needed, then arrange for these to be carried out.

Do not leave vermin problems to sort themselves out. Rats and mice can breed very quickly and a small, easily dealt with problem could quickly become a major problem with damage to property and greater costs of treatment.

Wasps

Wasps are probably the most familiar and generally disliked of all British insects. Their bodies bear the characteristic black and yellow bands and have a narrow waist in the middle of the body. Wasp stings are usually more painful and alarming than they are dangerous; an initial sharp pain is followed by mild swelling and soreness, which first aid can relieve; if you are concerned seek professional advice.

Sites commonly selected by queen wasps would be soil banks, roof spaces, hollows in trees and walls, etc. Sometimes wasps will have chosen sites in or very close to houses, and home owners are naturally concerned about their presence and may want them removing.

Consider whether or not it is absolutely necessary to destroy a nest, remember wasps are beneficial to your garden helping with pollination and keeping other garden pests under control. The nest will die off naturally, even if left alone.

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Last updated: 7 April 2014

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