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Insects

The majority of insect species does not cause a nuisance and are essential in maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity.  However, there are some insect species that can cause a statutory nuisance in sufficient quantities or seasonably.

 

The Council is not permitted to use statutory nuisance powers against concentrations of insects on open land or in ways that would have a negative effect on biodiversity. Therefore, there are exemptions, including:

  • Land used as arable, grazing, meadow or pasture land (but not structures placed on that land);
  • Land used as osier land, reed beds or woodland Land used for market gardens, nursery grounds, or orchards;
  • Land forming part of an agricultural unit (but not covered by the above three points);
  • Land included in a Site of Special Scientific Interest and rivers and other waters (except sewers and drains).

 

Common sources of insects are:

  • Farms, poultry units and animal houses;
  • Sewage treatment works;
  • Composting plants and landfill sites;
  •  Manure or silage storage areas;
  • Stagnant ditches and drains. 

 

Locating the source of the insects can sometimes be a difficult and lengthy process as flying insects can travel considerable distances.

 

If you have a complaint about insects, please contact us for further information. 

Please note – the Council is not legally allowed to deal with insects that arise from domestic premises.

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