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Other Insects/Invertebrates

West Lothian Council deals with a large number of pest invertebrates. Some we cannot treat. The reasons are outlined below.

All insects/invertebrates we treat apart from Wasps and Fleas are treated at the following costs.

£53.00 for a complete treatment,

£26.50 for a full treatment for those entitled to any concession.

Non domestic properties are charged at £53.00 for the initial visit then £55.50 per hour or part thereof for each subsequent visit. (Prices exclude VAT)

Should you not know which type of insect you have, please capture a sample in a crush proof container prior to contacting the Pest Control Service who will then visit and, if we can identify it on site and carry out a treatment we will do so there and then. Alternatively we will organise a further visit to treat where possible. If we cannot identify it on site, we will carry out the identification in the office and contact you with information about treatment or steps you can take yourself to remove the problem if we can.

If in the rare occasion it is an insect we cannot treat (see the list below) we will give advice and direct you to someone who can deal with your infestation (if possible)

As this is a call out charge, we unfortunately will not be able to reimburse you should we not be able to carry out a treatment for any reason.

Insects/Invertebrates we will not treat:


Bees

All species of bee were added to the UK Biodiversity list for protection and conservation in 2007.  Bees are beneficial insects and may not be routinely killed.  If there are large numbers of bees in a clump they are likely to be honey bees and a local beekeeper should be contacted to remove them safely.


Woodworm

Woodworm is a very specific insect and the treatment is outwith the scope of pest control.  Treatment of woodworm is a timber preservation issue and suitable trained and qualified companies should be used.  You should contact a reputable timber preservation specialist.


Ants

Ants are harmless insects.  At the moment there is no safe, effective way of treating ants within a household.  The best way is to find the nest by following the trail back from where they are feeding and pouring boiling water into the entrance of the nest.  In addition, if you know where they are entering the building, the access point should be suitably sealed if applicable.  Do not block air vents to stop ants.

Flying ants are just the males and new queens of the normal garden ant and are nothing to be worried about.  These normally occur in late summer in Scotland.


Slaters (Woodlice)

These are casual intruders and the only effective way of dealing with them if they are coming into your house is by finding their access point and sealing it up.


Slugs/Snails

These are casual intruders and the only effective way of dealing with them if they are coming into your house is by finding their access point and sealing it up.  Under no circumstances should slug pellets be used as these are very poisonous to children and pets and may result in death.  If you feel you need to try and control them within your house before you can seal up their points of entry, the use of salt may help.  Either sprinkle salt around the area you think they are entering (inside only) or make up a strong salt solution and spray it around the area affected.


Flies

Flies can come from a large number of sources depending on species.  There is no one treatment that can resolve fly problems.  The usual course of action is to find out the source and eliminate that.  The pest control service can assist in the identification and possible remedial action which you should take.  Flies may be submitted for identification at any council office.


Earwigs

These are casual intruders and the only effective way of dealing with them if they are coming into your house is by finding their access point and sealing it up.  Under no circumstances should slug pellets be used as these are very poisonous to children and pest and may result in death.


Spiders

No species of spider is a designated pest and therefore no treatment or advice is offered by the council