Pest Control and the Law

Many homeowners are prepared to deal with some types of pests, including insects, and possibly rodents like mice. However, there’s a lot of legislation informing people what they can and cannot do in relation to pests. Everyone should be aware of what the law says, as some areas such as nuisance bird management, dealing with bats, squirrels and other forms of wildlife can have legal consequences for not dealing with them in the correct way.

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Insects

One of the main insect issues are wasps’ nests inside the home. These can be in the loft or eaves of a house or possibly in an outdoor space such as a shed. A tell tale sign that you may have a problem might be a large number of dead wasps. There are no legal issues with the removal of wasps’ nests however it is recommended that you get a professional in to treat and deal with the problem rather than trying to tackle it yourself.

Mammals and Birds

With regard to mammals and birds the law is clear about what you can and cannot do in relation to certain species. The British Pest Control Association also provides guidance. Most of the law and guidance is common sense and any reputable pest control company will be aware of the details but it includes the fact that you can only trap or kill permitted animals and only use poisons on pests that they are supposed to be used for. Items such as explosives, bows and crossbows are not permitted for use in pest control. Bats are protected and cannot be destroyed, even if they are in your property.

The best way to manage various types of mammals and birds is by controlling them rather than eradicating them. You may decide to contact vvenv about nuisance bird management services or a similar professional firm. Such firms often change the local area to make it less attractive for them, or do things that will put them off breeding in a particular place.

The law in this area should not be taken lightly. Commercial pest control businesses will be well aware of the law, however homeowners will need to look more closely and if in any doubt contact environmental health. Unfortunately ignorance of the law is not an excuse for getting it wrong.

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