Chichester District Council offers residents a comprehensive pest control service for domestic premises.  Additional support is available for customers in receipt of certain qualifying benefits.

The current fees are listed below.  To access the service please contact our contractor DialAPest, which is part of SDK Environmental Limited and advise them you are a resident of Chichester District Council to ensure you benefit from these discounted prices.

Name:
Dial A Pest
Address:
United Kingdom
Telephone:
03444 828325
Email:

If you wish to report pest activity on council owned land then please also make use of this service. No charges apply and DialAPest will investigate the problem.

Pest control fees
  • Payment for treatment is normally collected by debit or credit card once your booking has been confirmed
  • You have the right to cancel and obtain a full refund at any time up and until the treatment commences
  • You must accept our contractor's treatment terms and conditions before any work can take place

Domestic properties where the main householder is in receipt of the following benefits, a discount will be applied for each treatment (see benefit reduction price):

  • Pension Credit
  • Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit

You will be required to show proof of benefit and a utility bill to confirm your address to the Pest Technicians when they visit.

domestic pest control prices
Residential PricesRates*

Discounted Rates

for Qualifying Benefits*

Rats**£46.80£35.10
Mice**£46.80£35.10
Wasps/Hornets£49.00£46.35
Additional Nests (each)£28.00£28.00
Removal of Nest (each)£41.20£30.90
Fleas/Moths/Woolly Bears ***  
2 bedroom property£82.00£61.50
3 bedroom property£92.70£69.52
4 bedroom property£103.00£77.52
All Other Pests Requiring Fumigations ***  
2 bedroom property£86.52£64.89
3 bedroom property£108.15£81.11
4 bedroom property£128.75£95.56
   
Call Out Charge/Survey/Advice Visit£41.20£30.90
Pest Identification£35.00£26.25

* Rates shown are inclusive of VAT at 20%

** Prices shown for 2 visits.  Additional visits charges at £20.00 including VAT (£15.00 including VAT if in receipt of qualifying benefits)

*** More than 4 bedrooms require a survey and quote

Prices valid until 31 March 2019 for residents of Chichester District Council only.

False Widow Spiders

 

False Widow Spiders are now very common here in the south of England.

False widow is the name given to any one of three species that are now very well established in England (particularly the warmer south). Their name derives from the fact that they are commonly mistaken for black widow spiders which are in a different genus (Lactrodectus), but the same family (Theridiidae).

Steatoda bipunctata

(Sometimes known as the "rabbit hutch spider") is usually the smallest of the three and a very common spider of sheds and outbuildings. Its body, which rarely exceeds 7mm in length for mature females and 5mm for males, is dark and shiny with a pattern, when present, comprising a whitish line around the front and sometimes a white stripe down the centre. The impressed dots on the abdomen from which it gets its scientific name are not easily visible with the naked eye. 

Steatoda grossa

Steatoda grossa has a body length when mature of around 10mm for adult females and again males are generally smaller. It is variable in appearance, with only juveniles and adult males usually having a pattern and adult females often having none. This spider has become more frequent in the south-east and is probably spreading north. 

Steatoda nobilis

The "noble false widow", is the largest of the three with a maximum body length of 14mm for females and 10mm for males.

There have been a number of reports of people being bitten by spiders, and false widows are often the focus of this, particularly in the media. However, it is difficult to obtain accurate evidence as those complaining of bites often do not see the spider but assume they are the culprit because of the absence of a bee or wasp. Alternatively, they only get a brief glimpse. Rarely is the spider captured so that an accurate identification can be carried out.  

A false widow spider bite can cause an allergic reaction. The bite has been compared to a wasp sting. In fact, when one considers the undoubtedly large number of people who are stung each year by wasps and bees, the risk of being bitten by a false widow spider must surely be relatively small. False widows are sedentary by nature, remaining in their webs and the males are only likely to wander when they are ready to mate. Being bitten is therefore likely to be the result of putting a hand into a web, handling one roughly or sitting or lying on one by mistake. Reports of bites by false widows are difficult to substantiate and may be exaggerated by the media.

In summary, being bitten by a spider is unlikely in this country in normal circumstances, and the effect of a bite is unlikely to be worse than being stung by a wasp or bee. A more serious problem is only likely to arise in the event of an allergic reaction or if the person is already compromised by other health issues. Nevertheless, if severe swelling or ulceration results from a suspected spider bite it is recommended that you see your doctor immediately or visit an Accident and Emergency Department.

It is not necessary to report any sightings to this local authority.