Pest Control

Fife Council receive requests for advice, or to get rid of pests and insects, such as:

  • mice           
  • rats
  • cockroaches
  • fleas


We also treat wasp nests since 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 any appropriate control measures are adopted where and when they are deemed necessary.

If you have a problem with pests please look at the table of charges and exemptions below, then contact Pest Control at

  • Telephone :  03451 55 00 22
  • By Post : Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT 

You may also wish to engage a pest control officer through the Trusted Trader scheme.  For Trusted Trader click here

Costs

 

 From 1st April 2018

 

Full Price

Commercial Organisation - Price is plus materials. No hourly charge is made if the work is carried out under a previously agreed Service Agreement. Minimum charge is £64.14 + materials + VAT. Pest Control advice by telephone will be provided free of charge. On-site advice will be charged at the full rate.

per hour

£76.96

 

 

 

Council House Tenant (Including Fife Council Shelter Housing) - Council house tenants are exempt from charges.

 

per treatment

£0.00

 

 

 

Housing Association Tenant - You should contact your Housing Association to arrange treatment with Fife Council. If they will not pay then you will be charged as per Private Tenant. Pest Control advice by telephone will be provided free of charge. On-site advice will be charged at the full rate. (See below)

 

 

per treatment

 

     Rats

 

£66

     Mice

 

£66

     Ants

 

£66

     Wasps * (plus £15 + vat per additional nest)

 

£66

     All other pest treatments

 

£59.44

 

 

 

Private Home Owner - Residents in receipt of income support, Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based), Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related), Universal Credit including those with a take home pay of up to £610 per month, are exempted on production of proof/documentation. Pest Control advice by telephone will be provided free of charge. On-site advice will be charged at the full rate.  Fife Council reserves the right to re-price jobs that are considered extreme and time consuming. (See below)  

 

 

per treatment

 

 

     Rats

 

£66

     Mice

 

£66

     Ants

 

£66

     Wasps * (plus £15 + vat per additional nest)

 

£66

     All other pest treatments

 

£59.44

 

 

 

Private Landlord - Pays on behalf of the private tenant if covered in their tenancy agreement. Fife Council reserves the right to re-price jobs that are considered extreme and time consuming.

   

     Rats

 

£66

     Mice

 

£66

     Ants

 

£66

     Wasps * (plus £15 + vat per additional nest)

 

£66

     All other pest treatments

 

£59.44

  
If you have a problem with pests please contact Pest Control on

  • Telephone : 03451 55 00 22
  • By Post : Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT 

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:

  1. not feeding the gulls – deliberately or by dropping litter
  2. property owners gull-proofing their properties before breeding season starts   

We have no statutory duty to deal with gulls, we can offer advice but 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:

  1. chimney guards
  2. spikes for roof edges
  3. netting


Feeding Birds
 

Feeding birds in gardens is widespread and is valuable in conserving garden bird numbers, particularly in the winter months.

Excessive bird feeding, such as scattering food over lawns encourages a number of pests including gulls, causing noise and fouling problems for neighbours. If you wish to report excessive bird feeding within someone’s garden please contact Fife Council Public Protection Team on:

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; just bin it.


If you wish to get more information regarding gulls please read 'Gulls, the law and you 2016' in the Related Publications section of this page and you may wish to visit the following in the Useful Links section:

  • RSPB - Urban gulls
  • Scottish Natural Heritage - Dealing with nesting birds

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