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Pest Control In Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth: Your Options

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If you have reasons to believe there are pests in your building, it’s important to take action right away. You may feel alarmed, concerned and unsure of what to do next. Just know that there are options available. 

There is no obligation for councils to offer pest control in the UK; it will vary by district. If councils don’t offer pest control services, you may need to turn to local private pest control companies. 

If you’re in need of pest control in Bishop’s Stortford or Sawbridgeworth, take a look through this article to find out which options are available to you.


Can I attempt pest control myself?

We strongly recommend you do not attempt to get rid of pests yourself. The pests you face might be dangerous, and the chance of reinfestation is high if you do not put the correct prevention measures in place. Complete eradication and prevention requires specialist equipment that should only be used by licensed professionals. 


Do the East Herts District Council provide pest control?

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Since 1st July 2018, the East Herts District Council only provides pest control services for vulnerable residents. This includes those who are on means tested benefits such as:

  • Income-based job seekers allowance
  • Income support
  • Council tax support
  • Housing benefit
  • Pension credit

If you do qualify for pest control from the council, you still have to pay a £20 fee and confirm that you are the owner of the property. If you don’t own the property, your landlord will be responsible for arranging pest control.


Can I get private pest control in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth?

If you are not a vulnerable person, you can not receive pest control from the council and must look elsewhere. The East Herts District Council recommends you use an approved company which has signed up to one of up to one of the industry bodies such as the British Pest Control Association (BPCA).

Check for either of these accreditations to ensure you choose a pest control company that is regulated, reliable and has a good reputation. Generally speaking, quality pest control companies will be:

  • Insured
  • Experienced (preferably with decades in the industry)
  • Capable of eliminating a wide range of pests
  • SafeContractor approved
  • Accredited by the International Powered Access Federation
  • Members of the Essex Wildlife Trust


Pest Defence

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Pest Defence is the premier choice for pest control services in Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth. With accreditations from the industry’s leading bodies and over 25 years’ experience, you can trust Pest Defence to eliminate all types of pests, including:

The Pest Defence team will survey your property to identify the source and extent of the infestation. Then, using their experience and knowledge, they will establish a suitable response that removes the source, eliminates the pests and prevents the infestation from reoccurring — all in one discrete and efficient service.

If you’re in need of pest control services in Bishop’s Stortford, Sawbridge or other areas of East Hertfordshire, contact Pest Defence.


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