Rats on public property or land
If you see a rat on council-owned property or public land, and you know where the nest is, please telephone us on 020 8274 4901.
We can also remove some dead animals from public land - see Removal of Dead Animals.
Clearing pests from private properties
We do not offer a pest control service for private properties. If you own your own home you will need to contact a private pest control company. If you rent from a housing association or a private landlord, speak to them about treatment in the first instance.
Reputable companies will be members of the
British Pest Control Association or
National Pest Technicians Association and will have a health and safety quality standard such as
Advice on dealing with pests
British Pest Control Association gives advice on dealing with the most common household pests:
Our policy is not to take any action on urban foxes. This policy has been in place for many years and is in line with neighbouring local authorities, and with guidance set out by central government.
The Fox Project charity provides advice on deterring foxes and can deal with sick and injured foxes.