Vespa Velutina, sometimes known as the 'Asian hornet' is an invasive non-native species from Asia. If you find one you must report it. It arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly. As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems.
It is expected that the places it is most likely to be found in numbers are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or in goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber). Active between April and November (peak August/September).
For more information including identification and using a smart phone app to report sightings, please see the Asian Hornet information links in the Related Content section.
We no longer offer a pest control service. However, we do have a range of pest control advice leaflets available to download from the Related Content section. These give some general advice on the most common pest problems.
We also have advice leaflets on some common garden visitors like badgers and foxes.
Rats and mice
Public open spaces/car parks
If you have concerns about rat sightings for the Council’s own land and buildings (for example council car parks or open spaces) please contact our Customer Services team by making a report online
Commercial food premises
If you have concerns about rats or mice regarding Commercial Food premises, please contact our Customer Services team by making a report online.
Did you know?
Water voles are commonly mistaken for rats; please click on the link in Related Content to the Wildlife Trust which gives an identity guide.