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Pest control

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We can give advice and treat many of the most common pest issues. The table below shows which pests we can deal with and where.

If you have an issue with a pest not listed you will need to contact a private company for advice and treatment.


Inside the property
Rats
Mice
Wasps - We treat wasp nests as these insects may present a risk to public safety.
Ants
Bees - Attempts are made to relocate the nests and swarms of honeybees, by using local beekeepers, as an alternative to destroying them. A Pest Control Officer will contact you to discuss.
Flies, Fleas, Beetles, Cockroaches, Mites, Silverfish, Firebrats

Outside the property
Rats
Wasps -  We treat wasp nests as these insects may present a risk to public safety.
Bees - Attempts are made to relocate the nests and swarms of honeybees, by using local beekeepers, as an alternative to destroying them. A Pest Control Officer will contact you to discuss.

Rodent control work includes surveys of commercial, agricultural and rural premises and appropriate control measures are adopted when required.

Charges as of April 2021

If the Pest Control Operative attends a property (even if no work is carried out) and a payment has been made, there will be no refunds.

Once a customer has made a booking, a refund can be granted up until 6pm the following working day by calling 03451 55 00 22 (provided a pest control officer has not yet attended).

If you would like advice about pest control or need to report a pest issue on someone else's property please use the webchat service available via the button on the right.

If you have different pest types e.g. wasps nest and mice then you will need to complete an online request for each separate type of pest.

Gull nuisance

Each year during the summer months we receive a number of complaints about the problems caused by seagulls.

To lessen the problems we can all play our part by:

  • not feeding the gulls, deliberately or by dropping litter and
  • property owners gull-proofing their properties before breeding season starts.

We have no statutory duty to deal with gulls and, although we can give advice, we encourage property owners to contact a private pest control company for gull-proofing measures. If the birds are not on your property we cannot make the owners of the property they are on take any action.

All birds are protected under law, as are their nests, eggs and every stage of life. But certain species may be controlled by applying for a General Licence from Scottish Natural Heritage. This is very rarely required and non-lethal methods are preferred.

These include:

  • chimney guards;
  • spikes for roof edges, and
  • netting.

Feeding birds

Feeding birds in gardens is widespread and is a valuable part of conserving garden bird numbers, particularly in the winter months. However, excessive bird feeding, such as scattering food over lawns, encourages pests including gulls, causing noise and fouling problems for neighbours.

You can report excessive bird feeding within someone’s garden to the Safer Communities by calling 01592 583642 or emailing safercommunities.team@fife.gov.uk

Gulls are opportunistic feeders and will scavenge in towns for food dropped by pedestrians or thrown out of cars, as well as tear open waste bags left on streets. We can all play our part by not deliberately feeding the gulls and by not dropping any litter.

For more advice, read 'Gulls, the law and you' publication or visit the following useful website links: