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
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
- 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
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