Pests are a challenge to control. By the time you have noticed the problem they may already be established, presenting a serious health risk and damaging property. The good news is Havant Borough Council is here to help. We are committed to offering a consistently high quality service you can trust with our experienced team. Pest control fees and charges 2023-24 (word 24 kb) We offer a professional pest control service to residents of our borough, as well as to businesses on a contracted or per hour basis. We are experienced in operating in a multitude of premises types including domestic properties, schools, food businesses, and care homes. Why is a pest control service required? A pest control service is required to respond to complaints all around the borough both in domestic and commercial premises. Pests are often a major factor in food complaints and may subsequently lead to food premises closures and prosecutions. It is essential that pests are controlled to prevent damage to buildings and fittings, distress to inhabitants/customers and the spread of disease. What pest control methods are used? All pests require food, shelter, warmth and security. If these factors are removed the pests will no longer survive. For the destruction of pests various methods may be used. In order to determine the most effective method of pest control to be used an in depth knowledge of the species involved and its life cycle is required. Physical methods such as electronic fly killers or rodent traps may be used or alternatively chemicals such as pesticides or types of poison. However it is imperative that all persons using these control methods are suitably trained. Pest proofing The likelihood of pests gaining entry to a building should be kept to a minimum by proofing likely entry points. In particular doors, the drainage system, and ventilation openings. For example doors should be self-closing, the drainage system should have tight fitting inspection covers and windows should be fitted with insect screens. Limiting food and water sources The removal of water sources is particularly important in the case of rats. Common sources include defective gutters, leaking taps and defective roofs. The access of pests to food sources can be minimised by storing food correctly. This can be achieved by storing food off the floor, using appropriate storage containers and inspecting new stock on arrival.