A shared service delivering Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough Councils

Pest control

Dealing with pests such as rats and mice

Bracknell Forest Council does not provide a pest treatment service. For more information on pest treatment, click here.  

West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council no longer provide a pest control
service but the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) can assess cases on an individual basis. We can:

  • advise on preventative action and treatment
  • take legal action where the landowner, landlord or those responsible do not address a
    pest problem and
  • give you details of how to find a reliable pest control contractor who can help.

An officer may carry out a survey of your property to confirm the source of an infestation. If the
source is found to be on your property, you will be charged a fee. If the source is found to be on a neighbouring property or from another source, you will not be charged.

Before you report an infestation, we recommend that you take the following steps to pest proof
your property:

  • remove any food and water sources from your property such as bird feeders and bird
  • ensure sheds, decking or other structures have a solid base, so pests cannot gain entry
  • cut back any overgrown climbing plants and trees to prevent access to buildings and
  • ensure areas where you have other animals, such as chickens, are managed so their food and bedding do not attract vermin.

If you believe the infestation is on a neighbouring property we recommend that you attempt to
make contact and discuss the issue before reporting it.

You can report an infestation using our online forms for West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough.

PPP endorse the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) Code of Practice principles which focuses on preventative measures of pests control. Unnecessary use of poisons can result in a high level of resistance, and may also be harmful to wildlife.

rat chewing an electrical wire
Bracknell Forest
West Berkshire