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Lewes District Council
Southover House
Southover Road
East Sussex


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Pest Control Service

We operate a comprehensive Pest Control Service dealing with infestations of rats, mice and insects of environmental health significance in properties throughout the district.

Request a service

To request a Pest Control treatment for Rats, Mice or Wasps at your home please use our pest control request form.

Our Pest Control Officers deal with issues which are considered to be a public health problem. These include rats, mice and other pests and vermin.

We also deal with pests not deemed a public health risk. These include wasps and fleas.

In addition we give advice on prevention and steps to take to eradicate infestations. This includes dealing with squirrels, foxes, rabbits, moles and seagulls. However, we do not provide a service to directly deal with these animals.


We charge different fees for domestic (household) customers and commercial clients.

 Pests Domestic Commercial
Rats Free £100 minimum, plus bait
Mice £60 £100 minimum, plus bait
Wasps Nests £50 plus each additional nest at that time at £25 + VAT each £50, plus each additional nest at that time At £25 + VAT each
Bees £60 minimum,
plus £25 per half-hour (over one hour)
£60 minimum,
plus £25 per half-hour (over one hour)
Fleas £65 minimum up to and including 3 bedroom property
£20 per extra bedroom
£75 minimum charge
Cockroaches £50 plus unit charge for treatment £50 plus unit charge for treatment

Payment Options

Customers are required to pay for chargeable treatments over the telephone at the point of the initial request.


Discounts for pests of public health significance of 50% are available if you are in receipt of the following:


There are two species of rats in the UK, the black rat (or ship rat), rarely seen in the Lewes District, and the more common brown rat. An adult brown rat will have a body around 25cm (10 inches) long and will weigh over 500g (17 ounces). Rats are primarily night time feeders and will travel a considerable distance for food, up to 500 metres (1600 feet) from their nest.

Rats will burrow and create nests in loose soil under garden buildings,  in refuse piles and sometimes inside houses.  Rats (and mice) need to gnaw to keep their front teeth worn down, and so will cause damage to wood, plastic and other building materials.  They often gnaw electricity cables and have been the cause of electrical fires.

Health risk
Rats naturally carry diseases that can be spread to humans, and will also transmit bacteria from their food and nests to our homes.  A rat infestation in a house is a significant health risk that needs to be treated.

Signs of infestation
If you have a rat infestation you may:

Advice to avoid infestations

It is impossible to avoid the occasional rat visiting your garden as they will search for food.  Your aim should be to discourage them from taking up residence.

If you think you have a problem…

We will contact you to arrange a treatment as soon as possible.