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Environmental health

Environmental health

Last update: 27/05/2020 

Pest control

We're now treating wasp nests up to 30 feet high.

Whilst we're aware this is a worrying time for our residents, we hope to provide a limited but high quality pest control service while ensuring the health and safety of our customers.

All routine/non-emergency contract visits have been suspended. However, we'll leave baits and traps in place to ensure you have a level of pest control protection.

Please do not be offended if our admin or pest control staff ask relevant Coronavirus questions prior to gaining access to your premises.

In recent weeks we have started to receive an increase of pest complaints. We usually experience a slight increase of activity at this time of year, although some of the increased reports at the moment may be due, in part, to the ongoing pandemic. Some of the reasons are outlined below:

  • Pest Control companies have had to scale back their response to treat only emergency and urgent call outs
  • The good weather has meant more work in our gardens, possibly disturbing field mice and nests
  • The increase in pedestrians and cyclists activity may have increased the number of sightings in local streets
  • The reduced use of car parks and some community land may have given rodents the peace and quiet to breed and establish a hold in areas where they traditionally would have been disturbed or would be spotted and treated accordingly.

Our pest control contractor continues to help by treating infestations affecting the inside of properties and will also treat heavily impacted garden areas, or a wider area infestation affecting a large number of neighbouring gardens.

We recommend that if residents do have concerns about isolated incidences or sightings affecting their garden area then it may be advisable to consider the option to self-treat the problem using products available in hardware stores.

Further advice can be given by our Environmental Health Team at

Garden fires

Given the changes to our garden waste uplifts and temporary restrictions on public use of the Civic Amenity Sites please avoid burning your garden waste until further notice. 

The smoke from a bonfire can affect respiratory functions so we ask you to be considerate to vulnerable groups and those in the community with underlying respiratory issues who may be more susceptible to Covid-19. You'll also put less demand on our vital emergency services if your bonfire gets out of control.

If you wish to continue to recycle your garden waste use a compost bin or  visit the Zero Waste Scotland website for tips on making and using your own compost.

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