Pest control

We do not provide a pest control service.

If you would like to use a private pest control company, we recommend you find an accredited company using one of the following links:

Issues with swarms of bees should be referred to a beekeeper. The British Beekeepers Association may be able to help you.

Issues with bats, badgers or snakes should be referred to Natural England.

Insect identification

If you have any concerns with insects found in your premises, we can offer a free service to identify them and recommend any treatment that may be necessary. Please bring in a specimen in an airtight container together with your contact details and we will advise you accordingly.


Seagulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to intentionally injure or kill any seagull, or take, damage or destroy an active nest or its eggs.

For some people, gulls cause annoyance and mess. Many people feed them, putting out bread and leftover food in their gardens or in public areas, but this can encourage breeding pairs to take up residence in an area as they quickly learn that there’s an easily accessible food source. This can result in increases to the gull population.

If fed regularly, gulls also lose fear and can’t distinguish between food that’s meant for them and food that’s meant for us. In these circumstances, it’s not uncommon for gulls to swoop down and pinch food from picnics or BBQs.

Please bear this in mind if you are considering feeding the gulls.

A quick web search will provide details of several companies that will bird-proof your home if you would prefer not to have gulls nesting on your roof.

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