Pest Control

Halton Council provide free rats treatments to all residents in the borough. We can also treat for other nuisance pests but we charge for these services. We also provide chargeable services to schools for rats and other pests. We do not currently provide treatments at commercial premises.

Once you have booked your treatment we will be in touch to arrange the treatment within 5 working days. Please only contact us if we have not be in touch with you after 5 working days.

Rats (Free service)​

This service is free for all Halton residents. This free service is provided in the interests of controlling rat activity in the borough. The council provides a basic treatment and advice service only. If you have rats inside your property such as in a loft or cavity wall there will often be an underlying structural cause that will need to be addressed. The property owner will be responsible for undertaking any detailed survey or remedial work to resolve this structural cause.

Book a free rat treatment

Chargeable Treatments

The council provide chargeable Treatments for the following pests. All prices include VAT.

Sometimes it is not possible to treat a wasps nest because we can not safely access the nest with our equipment. Also we do not treat for Bees and so if we identify that bees are present rather than wasps we will not be able to treat. If we are not able to treat a full refund will be provided.

Once ants swarm and become flying ants our treatment will not be effective and so we won’t be able to treat flying ants


£67.99 (Price includes 1 revisit within 4 weeks if problem not cleared)

Book Ants


£67.99 (Price includes 1 revisit within 4 weeks if problem not cleared)

Book Fleas

Crawling insects including cockroaches (but not bedbugs)

£67.99 (​Price includes 1 revisit within 4 weeks if problem not cleared)

Book Insects

Health & Safety and Effectiveness of Treatments

To ensure the effectiveness of any treatment and the safety of your family and pets you must follow any instructions provided by the pest controller before or at the time of the treatment.

Pests we are not currently able to treat

If you require a treatment for any of these pe​sts you will need to use an alternative pest controller. We recommend you use a contractor who is a member of the British Pest Control Association. To find a local pest controller please visit:​

If we are not able to treat the pest or you can’t find the pest listed we may be able to provide advice – please complete the enquiry form for informal advice: 

Alternatively the British Pest Control Association provide advice on a number of different pest species:

Pest Prevention

To help keep your property pest free from rodents you can try following the tips:

  • Ensure all household rubbish is stored in the refuse bins provided
  • Remove garden rubbish, debris, old furniture etc, which can provide harbourage that would attract rats (Halton Council Offers a bulky household items service to remove large items from properties for a charge).
  • Clean up dog mess as rats will eat faeces
  • Maintaining a tidy garden.
  • Removing food scraps and packaging from gardens or alleyways.
  • Avoid feeding birds.
  • For food stored in sheds and garages, use sealed metal or plastic containers to prevent rodent access.
  • Use brush strips where there is a gap under a door – this helps stop rats getting into your property.
  • Ensure drainage inspection covers are in good repair and gully or grid covers are in place – this stops rats escaping from drains and sewers.
  • Good building maintenance – such as filling in holes and/or proofing openings bigger than 2.5cm in diameter. This helps to stop rats getting into your property.

Treatments can be provided to all schools in the Halton Council Area. We can treat the following pests

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas 

All school treatments are £68.10 each and will include a revisit within a 4 week period if the problem is not cleared.

Treatments can be booked by emailing Please mark your email “school pest control treatment”. We may require a purchase order from academy schools.