North Lincolnshire Council

Pest control information

We aim to ensure that, as far as possible, North Lincolnshire is free from pests of public health significance. We do this by providing a pest control service at a reasonable cost to the occupiers of domestic and commercial premises.

Rats in your garden:

Look out for signs of infestation, which include:

  • multiple sightings of rats over short period of time
  • nests or burrows.  These will be easily identifiable as holes in the ground or inside ‘harbourage’ such as piles of logs or waste.
  • runs and smears. As rats tend to follow the same routes when travelling, look for clear depressions in grass or dark coloured smears.

If you cannot see any of the above signs of infestation and you have only experienced one sighting of a rat, we are not able to provide treatment.

If you have an infestation of rats, you can use our online form to:

Rats in the public domain:

We welcome reports of rat sightings in the public domain. We regularly monitor sighting information and will act on multiple sightings in the same location by considering it for other types of treatment, such as sewer baiting.

Please note: We are unable to respond to calls regarding rat sightings, either on your property or in the public domain. We will only respond if you request treatment.

To report a rat sighting in the public domain, please email us on

We can treat for mice inside your domestic or commercial property. Inside includes garages, sheds and outbuildings.

If you would like to request treatment for mice, you can use our online form to:

We can treat wasps at your domestic or commercial property. Please note we do not remove wasps nests.

Before requesting treatment, please use our identification photographs below to ensure your pest is wasps and not bees. We are unable to treat for bees and you may be subject to a callout charge if you have not checked this.