Falkirk Council has a duty in terms of The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, to ensure that infestations of rats and mice are eradicated (this does not mean, however, that we are required to carry out the work or make arrangements for the work to be carried out).
It is, generally speaking, either the owner or the occupier of the land who is responsible for ensuring that infestations are eradicated.
A pest control service is provided to treat a variety of pests including, rats, mice, wasps, bees* and most pest insects (with the exception of ants, earwigs, body/head lice or woodworm). This treatment is provided free of charge to all domestic properties.
* Treatments will not normally be authorised for bumble bees or masonry bees except in special circumstances, as these are harmless and numbers are declining. Similarly swarms of honey bees will normally be passed on to beekeepers to remove. Treatments for eradication will only normally be authorised where the swarm has gained access to a house.
Our officers will also provide advice to individuals wishing to treat pest problems themselves.
Treatments which are not provided
We do not provide a service to treat problems with mice in gardens, ants, slugs, snails, millipedes, spiders, bats, birds, seagulls, foxes, moles, slaters or rabbits.
The pest control service covers a large variety of pests, there are some practical limitations to the work undertaken. Some large and specialised jobs may be beyond the resources of the service and accordingly it would be the responsibility of the householder to arrange a private pest control company to deal with the problem.
On occasion the location of a wasps nest is inaccessible to our officers eg too high and in such circumstances it is the responsibility of the householder to provide suitable access.
In general, bird control problems are excluded from the Council's pest control service and householders should make direct contact with companies who have specialist expertise.
Similarly treatment of woodworm is considered to be a specialist field out-with the scope of our service.
When you make contact to request a treatment, if access is required, then an agreed morning or afternoon appointment will be made.
Monday to Friday:
Morning: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Afternoon: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Dog Warden Service
It is an offence to allow your dog to stray.
Stray dogs will be picked up by Falkirk Council's Dog Wardens who may:
return it to its owner, if known
take it to Bandeath Stray Dog Shelter - a charge is made by the shelter for the return of dogs
Monday to Friday:
9.00am – 12.00noon
1.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday:
Under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 it is an offence not to clean up immediately after your dog has fouled in a public place. Officers from the Community Safety Team carry out regular patrols and issue £40 fixed penalty notices on all occasions that offences are witnessed.
Biodegradable dog waste bags are available, free of charge from Council Offices, libraries and sport centres.