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Important information: Pest control charges

Please note that the charges for our pest control service are currently under review, and may be subject to change

Pest control for residents

We operate a high quality, professional pest control service for the residents of Leeds. 

Please read through the guidance below, this information will advise on how you can treat a pest infestation yourself and what you can do to prevent a recurrence.​​

Identifying and treating pest problems

Click to expandAnts

black ants and pharaohs ants

Black Garden ants are a nusiance pest but are not a risk to human health. Their nests are always found in the soil in gardens or under floors.

Pharaohs ants do pose a health risk as they are able to carry pathogens as they travel around an area for food. They are only found indoors and are very agile. They are smaller than black ants and are a pale yellow/brown colour.

Download our ants leaflet (PDF 258kb)

Click to expandBats

If you have found a grounded or injured bat in your property or garden please contact the West Yorkshire Bat Group Bat Care.

For other queries about bats contact the Bat Conservation Trust.

Click to expandBedbugs

Image of bedbug
Bedbugs are not considered a public health pest officially, but they can be an unpleasant and persistent nuisance due to their feeding habits.

Download our bedbugs leaflet (PDF 822kb)

Click to expandBees

Image of a honey bee and a bumblebee

Bees are the main pollinators of our wildflowers, crops and vegetation. We promote the safeguarding and protection of bees. We will only provide services if we consider the bees are providing a direct risk to human health. Honey bees are beneficial to the environment and as such we will only treat as a last resort. If you have concerns please complete the Report a pest infestation form.

Download our bees leaflet (PDF 571kb)

Click to expandBee swarms

If you have what you think is a swarm do not panic!

Honey Bees are the only flying insect that swarms, these can occur during April and May each year, the bees are looking for a new home and pose no direct threat to you or your family.

All bees are beneficial to the environment and our policy is to re-home them whenever possible. For more information on Honey Bee swarms and what to do with them please access our Bees Information leaflet​.

If you contact us to request for Honey Bees to be removed your request will be sent to the pest control team who will contact you to advise you of your options.

Click to expandBirds

We do not offer treatment for birds, since most species are legally protected. For more information or advice on birds, please email pests@leeds.gov.uk.

Click to expandCable bugs

Cable bug is only a recently recognized phenomena which occurs in built up environments such as large offices, computer rooms, telephone
exchanges etc.

Individuals who are affected report similar symptoms to those affected by biting insects.

Download our cable bugs leaflet (PDF 238kb)

Click to expandCarpet and fur beetles

image of a carpet beetle
These fibre attacking beetles do not carry disease and do not bite, therefore are not considered a risk to human health. They are a nuisance pest as they can cause damage to textile products such as wool, fur, leather, silk and most natural fibres.

Download our carpet and fur beetles leaflet (PDF 1.2mb)

Click to expandCockroaches

image of a cockroach
Cockroaches are an ancient insect species that have always lived amongst humans. They are considered a public health hazard as they feed on virtually anything (omnivorous). This feeding behaviour can result in cockroaches feeding in drains and waste storage areas. Diseases can then be picked up and transferred onto food products and surfaces.

Download our cockroaches leaflet (PDF 361kb)

Click to expandFleas

image of a flea close up
Fleas are parasitic insects and different species live on particular animals i.e. cat fleas and dog fleas. The human flea is very rare in the UK due to improved hygiene and standards of living. Surveys have shown that most fleas found in the home are cat fleas.

Download our fleas leaflet (PDF 730kb)

Click to expandFoxes

Fox

Foxes are mainly active at night and in urban areas there are plenty of suitable places for them to dig their den along railway lines, cemeteries,derelict land and even under sheds or buildings. We do not provide a service for foxes. Please visit the RSPCA website for useful information on how to deal with foxes in your garden.

Download our urban foxes leaflet (PDF 461kb)

Click to expandMice

Image of a mouse
Mice frequently invade houses, garages and outbuildings, seeking a warm and safe environment with a local food source. Mice eat and excrete on food, contaminating it for humans. They also urinate on food surfaces which can cause food poisoning.  

Download our mice leaflet (PDF 469kb)

Click to expandMoths

Moth
Moths are considered a nuisance pest and not a risk to human health.

Download our moths leaflet (PDF 330KB)

Click to expandPigeons

image of the pigeon

Feral pigeons are now a major pest, particularly in urban areas. Attracting large numbers of feral pigeons to an urban environment should be avoided as they pose a significant risk to human health. If you have concerns and need advice, please see the leaflet below and complete the Report a pest infestion form.

Download our pigeons leaflet (PDF 412kb)

Click to expandRabbits

Wild rabbits are common agricultural pests, which can easily find their way into gardens. They may eat/damage certain types of shrubs and flowers and can also dig out shallow "scrapes" in grass which are used to mark territories. Other than this type of damage they do not pose any risk to health. We do not offer a service to control rabbits, but can offer free advice. Please email pests@leeds.gov.uk for further advice.

Click to expandRats

Rat

Rats are very adaptable animals and have lived near man and his food supplies for hundreds of years. The most common species within the UK is the common or brown rat, which is physically strong, can jump up to three metres and can squeeze through a gap of less than 2.5cm. Rats will seek out any environment that provides food, water and shelter.

Download our rats leaflet (PDF 1.7mb)

Click to expandSilverfish

Silverfish
Silverfish are not considered a nuisance pest and are not a risk to human health. Adults are approximately 12mm long, slim and silver grey in colour. Their abdomen is tapered at the end giving them a fish like appearance, hence their name.

Download our silverfish leaflet (PDF 342kb)

Click to expandSquirrels

Squirrel
The grey squirrel was introduced into Britain in the late 1800’s. Grey squirrels often live and breed in roof spaces where it is safe and warm. They use loft insulation and other materials to create large nests (dreys).They can cause damage by gnawing facia boarding and roof joists, stripping electrical wiring and damaging stored belongings. These destructive activities increase the risk of fires and repairing the damage can be costly.

Download our squirrels leaflet (PDF 1.1mb)

Click to expandWasps

A wasp

Wasps are not considered a public health risk but can present a nuisance when a nest is found in or around your home or garden. Wasps like other insects are beneficial to the environment as they eat other insect pests. Unless the location of the nest is causing a problem treatment should be avoided.

Download our wasps leaflet (PDF 816kb)

Click to expandWoodworm

Woodworm
Furniture beetle or woodworm as it is more commonly known occurs in domestic properties and is the result of the larval stage or woodworm boring through the wood as it feeds. It is this stage as it bores into wood which can cause significant damage. Woodworm is not a public health hazard but is a nuisance pest.

Download our woodworm leaflet (PDF 246kb)



If you require treatment please use the Report a pest infestation form.


We are certified members of the National Pest Technicians Association. We offer a friendly and professional service and we can treat domestic properties as well as commercial premises. Our pest control technicians have over 70 years combined experience and our treatments are fully guaranteed. In the majority of cases we eradicate the pest, and if it returns within 28 days of our last visit we will retreat free of charge.



Our charges

Type of treatmentChargeVAT at 20%TotalAdditional information
Bedbugs£165.00£33.00£198.00This covers the cost of all treatments until the pest is eradicated. At least three visits will be required.
Fleas, pharaoh ants and cockroaches£90.00£18.00£108.00This covers the cost of all treatments until the pest is eradicated.
Honey bees£90.00£18.00£108.00Honey Bees only treated as a last resort & when a threat to health. Price includes two site visits, one to treat and one to block access holes. Free service to pensioners in receipt of Guarantee Credit. Proof of receipt required.
Mice - in domestic properties£67.50£13.50£81.00This covers the cost of all treatments until the pest is eradicated.
Other insects - inc. flies, black/garden ants, silverfish, woodlice, moths etc.£46.67£9.33£56.00This covers the cost of all treatments until the pest is eradicated.
Pigeons   Please email pests@leeds.gov.uk
Rats - in domestic owner-occupied properties £0.00£0.00£0.00Applies to owner occupiers only, (inside property only, charge of £81 applies for outside)
Rats - in Housing Leeds propertiesFree if Housing office name & tenancy number are providedN/AFreeTo report rats please contact 0113 222 4406 or email pests@leeds.gov.uk
Rats - in rented accommodation including housing associations£67.50£13.50£81.00This covers the cost of all treatments until the pest is eradicated.
Squirrels and moles£90.00£18.00£108.00This covers the cost of all treatments until the pest is eradicated.
Wasps£46.67£9.33£56.00Wasp nests are treated in situ & not removed. Free service to pensioners in receipt of Guarantee Credit. Proof of receipt required.

Points to note

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1. If we visit you and decide not to go ahead with treatment, there will be a call out fee of £30.00. We will refund any overpayment to your card.

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2. We offer free re-treatments if you request this within 28 days of the last treatment visit.​

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