Changes to the scheme
From 1 April 2012 payment for pest control treatments must be made at the time of booking the appointment. Payment can be made using a credit/debit card.
Domestic Premises (Privately Owned):
Rats, cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, mice (inside the property), ants and wasps (inside and outside of the property)
|£49 inc VAT|
|Bees, slugs, spiders, squirrels and others
Call out/advisory visit
A charge will be made if access to property is not possible at the time of agreed appointment
|£12 inc VAT|
||Variable based upon labour and materials|
|One off treatments (per hour)
||£68 inc VAT|
||Call for estimate|
Troubled by Summer Pests ? – Bees, Wasps and Ants
During late spring/early summer it is often the time we see more insects including bees, wasps and ants. Hornets are rarely found in the area.
Bees are essential to the environment as pollinators and predator of garden pests. Typically we see honeybees, the larger ‘furry’ bumblebee and the small masonry bee, which does not have a sting. Whilst stings can for some create a serious medical reaction, if undisturbed bees are generally not aggressive and pose little risk to the public.
During May/June bees will swarm as a queen moves on to form a new colony and may congregate on trees or buildings for a hour or so before moving on.
Wigan Council do not support the treatment of bees, however, a pest control operative can identify the bees and in the case of honeybees recommend contacting a local bee keeper. British Beekeepers Association site (external link).
Unlike bees, wasps are generally more aggressive and whilst they do not swarm can colonise new nests in trees or buildings including houses. Effective treatment can be typically achieved with a single visit.
The most common ants found in the home are garden ants and whilst they pose no risk to human health can be a nuisance. Effective treatment can typically be achieved with a single visit.
DIY treatments can be purchased from supermarkets and DIY stores, however Wigan Council recommend you contact a professional pest control service to undertake the treatment safely and effectively on your behalf.
What pests does the Council treat and how much will it cost?
We treat most pests that can affect you in your home or business including rats, mice, ants, wasps, cockroaches, bedbugs and other insect pests.
Wigan & Leigh Housing Tenants
Wigan Council have contracts with a range of organisations including Wigan & Leigh Housing and the cost of pest control treatment is included within the rent charge.
Privately Rented Tenants
Within privately rented properties, responsibility for payment of treatments is typically with the landlord for mice, but the tenant for all other pest types. However it is recommended that you check your tenancy agreement prior to booking an appointment.
A charge is made for other pests and for pests in commercial premises. Competitively priced short and long term contracts can be arranged for business premises.