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Pest control in Purbeck

Our provider of pest control services in domestic properties (including treatments for rats and mice) is Rokill Pest Control Services Ltd

They are a locally based company working in Dorset and Hampshire and provide a range of treatments for common pests at competitive rates through the council.

If you call Rokill to make an appointment, and would like to get the reduced rates below please tell them you are a Purbeck resident.

To book an appointment call 01425 482001.

Fees for pest control in Purbeck
 PestFee (inc VAT)
 Rodents (rats and mice)  £70
 Wasps  £48
 Squirrels  £61.27
 Cockroaches  £56
 Cluster Flies  £97.02
 Fleas  £56
 Bedbugs  £56

Rats and mice

Call Rokill to book an appointment if you notice signs of rats or mice. Rokill can also provide you with advice on how to properly pest proof your property.

Bird Feeding: we would encourage people to feed wild birds however care must be taken to use feeders which do not also feed the rodents.


Wasps usually nest in the natural environment but they can also choose housing, sheds or other buildings. In normal circumstances they should be left alone however if nests are near places where people frequent they can become a problem. Wasps will defend their nest aggressively if it is disturbed. A sting from a wasp can be painful but it is not normally serious however some people are known to be allergic. We would advise that medical advice is sought if someone experiences an unusually severe reaction to a wasp sting.

Treatment of nuisance wasps nests with an insecticide is very effective and works quickly. Our contractor can provide treatment and advice on how to reduce the chances of nests occurring in the future.


Hornets are part of the wasp family and behave in a very similar way other than they are noticeably bigger and their sting is more painful. As with wasps, in most cases they should be left alone if they pose no significant risk however if it is necessary hornets nests can be treated in a similar way to wasps.


There are many different types of bee species in the UK and they play an important role in pollinating plants. 

If you have a problem with bees, either swarming or nesting in a dangerous position you can contact the Public Health Team.

More information about bees, swarms and local keepers can be found on the East Dorset Bee Keepers Association website.

Brown Tail Moth

Please see our advice on Brown Tail Moth infestations.

Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius)

Bedbugs are small, crawling parasitic insects that result in painful bites on the body particularly after sleeping. The adult bugs are small (usually 4-5mm long), flat oval in shape and reddish-brown in colour. They are found in areas where people tend to rest and sleep, hence the name bedbug.

They are often difficult to spot as they generally inhabit cracks and crevices in beds, furniture, in damaged wall paper and in cracks in skirting boards.

With the general increase in travel over recent years the number of cases of bedbugs is rising in the UK. People can carry bed bugs into their homes unknowingly, in luggage, furniture, bedding or clothing. The key to controlling a bedbug problem is to be aware of the symptoms and once discovered use a professional pest controller to apply insecticide.

False Widow Spiders

The false widow spider has become a tabloid sensation in recent years, mainly because it bears a resemblance to the black widow spider, renowned as one of the world's deadliest spiders.

Like the black widow spider, the noble false widow spider has a striking bulbous abdomen, but it is brownish in colour rather than black, usually with distinctive cream markings and reddish orangey legs. They will preferably live in toilet blocks or conservatoires.

It is probably the UK's most venomous spider but bites are rare and usually result from handling the spider roughly or from a spider being trapped between clothing and skin.

Bite symptoms are usually no more severe that a bee or wasp sting, but a handful of those who have been bitten have described more acute symptoms including throbbing pain, swelling and tingling in the fingers.

The spider is not native to the UK and was accidentally introduced more than 100 years ago from the Canary and Madeira islands, probably among crates of imported fruit. In the last 25 years the spider has significantly increased its foothold in the UK and is known to be present in Dorset.

If you are worried about a False Widow Spider or wish to seek advice then you should contact Rokill on 0800 783 0011.

Other pests

Rokill provide a range of services to treat many common pests. If the pest is not on the list above or you do not know what the pest is, please call Rokill who can provide free advice or try to identify the problem.

Report an issue with pests on someone else's premises

Register on our online portal to make a complaint regarding a pest on someone else's premises.


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