Insect nuisance can have a detrimental impact on the quality of the local environment.
Under section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, local authorities have a duty to take reasonably practicable steps to investigate complaints of statutory nuisances, including “any insects emanating from relevant industrial, trade or business premises and being prejudicial to health or a nuisance”.
This provision does not apply to insects from domestic premises or to insects listed in Schedule 5 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, unless they are included in that schedule solely to prevent their trade or sale.
This measure is intended to provide local authorities with a remedy to nuisances emanating from insect infestations (whether naturally occurring or caused by human activities) on ‘relevant’ industrial, trade or business premises.
To register a complaint or to receive further advice please contact Environmental Health:
Tel 01748 829100
or write to Environmental Health, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4JX