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Book a pest control treatment for other insects

The council offers treatments for some insects found indoors (the property must be occupied, not empty).

There is a charge for this service (except for people who receive certain benefits).

If you would prefer, you can approach an independent pest control company.

Insects we treat (indoor treatments only)

  • Carpet beetles
  • Moths
  • Flies

Please read how to prevent or treat these issues yourself before booking a pest control appointment.

Carpet beetles

The carpet beetle is textile pest. Carpet beetle larvae are fairly distinctive and are known as 'woolly bears'. They are quite hairy and tan in colour.

Carpet beetle larvae damage and ruin carpets, animal furs and leathers. Carpet beetles do not carry germs or spread disease.

If you think you have carpet beetles, check your roof space for old birds' nests and wool based lagging or other materials, examine the cracks between floorboards around the edges of rooms and under skirting boards for accumulations of debris and check sheepskin rugs and all animal fur/skin clothing.

Infested nests and inexpensive materials should be removed and burned and the areas they have been removed from should be thoroughly vacuumed using a nozzle head and paying particular attention to cracks and crevices.

You can also use a "crawling insect insecticide" to make sure all of the larvae have been killed. Follow the instructions on the label.


Moth larvae damage clothes and textiles. If you suspect you have an infestation of moths you should:

  • Examine wardrobes and cupboards for larvae cases, moths and damage to materials and clothes
  • In heavier infestations moths could fly out of opened wardrobes or cupboards
  • Webbing might be spotted which resemble spiders webs, this often contain pupal cases
  •  At the bottom of the wardrobe or nearby on the ground, you might find small piles / collections of dust or frass (caused by their damage)
  •  Also check under chairs, beds and fabric covered furniture
  • Carpets could also be damaged

To treat a moth infestation:

  • Vacuum all the affected areas thoroughly.
  • Remove and dispose of any damaged clothing or fabric and inspect any salvageable clothing or fabric and remove any larvae before washing or dry cleaning.
  • Using an insecticidal spray (available from most DIY shops and garden centres), spray wardrobes, drawers, around carpet edges, skirting boards and cracks.


House fly eggs are laid in moist or rotting matter such as household rubbish, compost or manure. Once hatched, flies can reach maturity in a very short period of time depending on temperature. Common houseflies have a flight range of several miles and can easily transfer from breeding grounds to the home.

 A sudden appearance of bluebottles in the home normally indicates that a small animal (rodent or bird) has died – possibly under the floorboards or up a chimney.

Houseflies and bluebottles come indoors looking for food. They are not fussy what sort of food they settle on, and are likely to be highly active once indoors.

The best way to avoid housefly infestations are good hygiene and taking a number of simple precautions to prevent their entry to the home. Drains should be cleaned frequently, particularly near kitchens, and waste bins should be covered to avoid providing ideal breeding conditions for flies.

Fly spray (available at most supermarkets) is a good way of dealing with flies. Remember to read the label and product information before use.  

Still need a pest control treatment for carpet beetles, moths or flies?

If you've tried the advice above and it hasn't helped, you can book a pest control treatment. There may be a charge.

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