Pest problems

Information and guidance relating to pest problems in public and private premises

Help with pests

Rats, mice, insects and other animals can carry diseases and damage property. These problems get worse if the infestation is not treated. If you have pests in your home, you can arrange a pest control visit. 

The council does not provide pest control as a service but promote the services of Monitor Pest Control as our preferred supplier.

To arrange a visit: Please contact Monitor Pest Control via one of the following methods:-

Website: www.monitorpestcontrol.co.uk

Email: FolkestoneHDC@monitorpestcontrol.co.uk

Telephone: 01474 358855

Costs

Monitor Pest Control offers residents of Folkestone & Hythe District reduced rates at the following prices:-

Type of PestPrice per treatmentNumber of visits
Rats£48Usually three
Mice£48Usually three
Fleas£70 (up to six rooms)Two
Cockroaches£70 (up to six rooms)Two
Ants£45Two
Bedbugs£110 (up to six rooms)Three
Wasps & Hornets£45 for first nest, £15 per additional nest
Only available where the nest can be treated without specialist access equipment (up to 8m)
One

Out of hours rate for emergency works: £40per visit in addition to the rates above

Industrial/Commercial: £45per hour + materials

Other animals

Seagulls

We receive many complaints about seagulls especially in the summer. The leaflet below provides information on how to reduce the problem and how to discourage gulls when they cause a nuisance. Properly disposing of waste and rubbish is important. Feeding gulls is discouraged as they can obtain adequate food elsewhere. If you wish to feed garden birds use hanging feeders.

    pdf icon Advice on herring gulls [97kb]

    Further assistance

    • you can use The British Beekeepers Association to help you identify honeybee swarms and find links to local registered collectors/beekeepers
    • some wild animals such as badgers require a licence to deal with - call DEFRA on 08459 33 55 77, or email helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk
    • you can contact local pest control companies and liaise directly if you're experiencing problems with another type of pest