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Pest control advice - Dorset Councils Partnership

We no longer offer a pest control service for North Dorset, West Dorset or Weymouth and Portland. We have provided the following advice if you are experiencing an issue with pests or rodents. 

What should I do?

From insects to animals, pests come in all shapes and sizes, some look unpleasant, but most are harmless. However, there are a few pests that can cause more than a nuisance and these should be dealt with as they can be a risk to your health. More information and advice on different common pests is available below.

If you do notice a pest problem, the earlier it is dealt with the better. We do not offer pest control services, but there are qualified service providers in the area. Many household pests can be dealt with by using the humane traps and chemicals available in the shops, but sometimes it is advisable to call in the experts to solve a persistent problem. If you require professional help you should use the internet, trade or business directory to find a suitably qualified service. It is advisable to get more than one quote and to check that the company undertaking the work is competent.  

How to prevent rats and mice

Eliminate sources of food, water and shelter, including open storage of food, bird food or pet food. If you feed birds or keep chickens, try using a rat proof container, minimise what you put out, feed them in the early morning and remove leftovers before nightfall. You can help wild birds without attracting rodents by growing insect-attracting plants or ones with edible winter berries. The RSPBprovides good advice.

How to prevent rats and mice

  • check rodents can't get in through gaps under doors, windows or pipes
  • put all food waste securely in your brown bin from Dorset Waste Partnership and put it out for collection weekly
  • make sure compost bins are enclosed and fitted with 6mm galvanised wire mesh to the base before being put into the ground. This will stop rodents tunnelling in. Do not put food waste in your compost apart from vegetable waste, coffee grounds and tea bags etc
  • make sure your bins have properly fitting lids and rubbish is properly disposed of
  • maintain gullies and sewer pipes on your property
  • if your property has air bricks or low ventilation pipes place mesh over them to stop rodents, but do not block them 

Bees

If you encounter a problem with a swarm of bees, please contact the British Beekeepers Association or see below for details of local beekeepers. Swarms can usually be removed, free of charge.

Beekeepers in Dorset
 NameArea Contact 
Mr Chris Hayes Shillingstone  01258 268731
07807 280099
Mr Jason Fricker Pulham 01300 345301
07813 517256
Mr and Mrs Patterson Charlton Marshall 01258 459628
Alex Cooper Charlton Marshall 01258 455694

Blandford Fly

The Blandford Fly is a small black fly, which has caused a major problem to residents of the district due to nuisance biting. Bites from the notorious fly have been dramatically reduced thanks to aggressive treatment of rivers.

Authorities along the River Stour, including North Dorset, East Dorset and Poole along with North Dorset PCT NHS Trust, contribute to the treatment cost carried out by a specialist contractor.

The larvae are sprayed as they emerge from the river in late April to prevent them reaching adulthood and causing a nuisance to local people. The Blandford Fly biting season is from late April to the end of June.

There have been considerably less bite reports from members of the public than there were in the late 1980s and this is due to the treatment. We monitor the number of bites reported to assess the level of nuisance.

Bite incidents can be reported direct to us and should include the date, time of day and location (eg in the garden).

Please ensure that if you have a reaction to a bite you should seek medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist

False Black Widow Spider

Information and advice from the British Pest Control Association about the False Black Widow Spider.

For any further advice please email us at: c.services@dorset.gov.uk or use the live web chat provided. 

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