Isle of Wight Council

Environmental Health - Environmental Protection

Pest Control & Bees

Pest Control

Pests that should be controlled are pests which are of Public Health Significance, some may carry and transmit diseases to humans.

Pests considered to be a risk to public health or food safety include:

  • Rats;

  • house mice;

  • cockroaches;

  • fleas.

Pests that may become a nuisance in houses include a wide range of beetles, silverfish, earwigs and wasps.

The Council does not provide a pest treatment service.  If you have pests on your premises, please contact a pest control contractor to have them treated (for a charge).  These can be found in business listings, e.g. Yellow Pages under “Pest & Vermin Control Services”.

If you are affected by pests of public health significance which are present on another premises, firstly bring the matter to the attention of the landowner (when known) and seek their cooperation in treating the pests.  If this is not successful, you can contact Environmental Health.  We can require landowners to take steps to ensure that their land is free from rats, mice and certain other pests of public health significance.

Customers with pests on their land are referred to private contractors, from business listings e.g. yellow pages, which will provide a chargeable treatment service for which they are liable. 

Filthy & Verminous Premises 

Filthy and/or verminous premises are properties that are considered to be in such a filthy condition so as to be prejudicial to health (this could include rotting foodstuffs or faecal contamination) or, where vermin is present in the property (where rats, mice, insects or parasites including their eggs, larvae and pupae are present in significant numbers to be considered a risk to health). 

Filthy or verminous properties are often found to contain accumulations of material (as is common with hoarders) that can make access and egress difficult. Additionally, accumulations within a property can present a fire risk. For more advice or information please contact us, using the 'Contact' tab above.

Bee Swarms Sightings - Who to Contact

Isle of Wight Bee Keeping Association (IWBKA) Teaching Apairy at Quarr Abbey

Bee Swarms welcomed at Quarr Abbey
If you see a swarm of bees please let us know.  Don't get stung - we will send an experienced beekeeper to collect them and re-home this at the teaching apiary where they will be invaluable for the Rearing Island Bees project.  

Contact Numbers:  

  • Dave         07919 244 080  (Island Swarm Coordinator)
  • Christine   07901 332 636
  • Bob           07752 262 668
  • Frank        07887 663 612
  • Richard      07890 866 365