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Environmental Protection - Pests

Rodents and other pests often cause damage to property and can also be a health risk via spreading disease (e.g. Weil’s disease due to ‘leptospirosis’ carried by rats).

The Council has a legal duty to take steps to ensure as far as practicable that its own land is kept free from rats and mice, and that owners and occupiers of land keep their land similarly free (Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949).  In some cases, the Council may also require “vermin” to be destroyed along with other steps such as the cleaning of premises (Public Health Act 1936). Use of these powers generally involves the service of a legal notice requiring the owner or occupier to carry out treatment and/or other related works (such as clearing waste that is attracting rodents).

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Different pests are treated in different ways, dependent upon the individual circumstances and the nature of the infestation. Please click on the left menu tab for further information on different types of pests.

A range of legislation applies to the supply and use of pesticides.

Cornwall Council does not provide a pest control service for domestic premises.

However, we do offer a competent and responsive pest control service for non-domestic premises (e.g food businesses, schools, hotels, holiday parks etc)

Our service is accredited by the National Pest Technicians Association (NPTA) and includes:

  • Free, non-obligatory quotations
  • Single treatments of rats, mice, moles, rabbits, wasps, bed bugs, fleas, cluster flies
  • Contracted inspections/ treatments
  • Review of your existing pest control measures
  • Supply and installation of Electric Fly Killers
  • Minor building proofing



If you would like a free quotation, please:  

Call: 0300 1234 212 (option 3)


Or visit our Pest Control page on the Business Regulatory Services website

Please contact the Environmental Protection Team for further information and advice using the details on this page.