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Insect Nuisance

The vast majority of insect species do not cause a nuisance and are essential in maintaining ecosystems. However, there are some insect species that can cause a nuisance in sufficient quantities or seasonably.

Insects emanating from any business premise has the potential to cause a statutory nuisance or be prejudicial to health. Complaints about insects from domestic premises are not covered by the extension of statutory nuisance. Therefore, any problems may be dealt with under existing legislation

Likely sources of insect nuisance:

  • Poultry houses/farm buildings
  • Sewage treatment works
  • Manure/silage stores
  • Animal housing
  • Landfill sites/refuse tips
  • Waste transfer premises
  • Commercial, trade or business premises e.g. kitchen areas
  • Slaughter houses
  • Used car tyre recycling businesses/scrap yards


There are however certain premises that are excluded from this new legislation:

  1. Land used as arable, grazing, meadow or pasture land
  2. Land used as osier land, reed beds or woodland
  3. Land used for market gardens, nursery grounds or orchards
  4. Land forming part of an agricultural unit (but not covered by (1) to (3) and which is of a description specified in regulations)
  5. Land included in a site of special scientific interest
    and land covered by, and the waters of rivers, watercourses (except sewers and drains), lakes and ponds.


Contact Rother and Wealden Environmental Health Service