Search

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.

Social Media / Embedded Media cookies

We would like to allow Twitter and Facebook cookies: this will allow the listing of Fife Council tweets and Facebook posts on some of our pages. See our Cookies page for more details. (If you change this setting, you may need to refresh the page to action your preference.)

We would like to allow embedded media cookies: we occasionally display Google maps and embed audio and video in our pages, e.g., using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. See our Cookies page for more details. (If you change this setting, you may need to refresh the page to action your preference.)

All Docs

Pest control

Saving...

We receive requests for advice and help to get rid of pests and insects such as:

  • mice
  • rats
  • cockroaches
  • fleas.

We also treat wasp nests as these insects may present a risk to public safety. Attempts are made to relocate the nests and swarms of honeybees, by using local beekeepers, as an alternative to destroying them.

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

If you have a problem with pests, please contact us on 03451 550022.

It is fraud to obtain services for which you are not entitled to and all costs WILL be fully recovered

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: