Top Pests in Gloucester - A guide

Gloucester is a thriving city located in Gloucestershire, with a population of approximately 130,000 people. As with any urban area, the growth and development of the city have led to a number of pest infestations and pest bird problems. From bed bugs and pigeons to mice and rats, pests can be a major nuisance and pose a threat to public health. 

Let’s take a look at some of the common pests our Gloucester pest control team encounter.

What are the most common pests in Gloucester?

Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are two of the most common pests found in Gloucester. They are known to cause damage to buildings by chewing through electrical wiring, pipes, and other structural elements. These pests can also contaminate food and carry diseases such as salmonella and leptospirosis, making them a potential health hazard for humans. Urban areas like Gloucester provide rats and mice with an abundance of food, water, and shelter, making it an ideal location for them to thrive.

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Bed bugs are a common problem in areas of high population, including hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and public transportation. They are not a sign of poor hygiene and can be found in very clean environments. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can be found anywhere inside a property, but they usually reside near beds or couches where they can find ideal living conditions.


Urban areas like Gloucester can also face issues with birds such as pigeons when they make their nests and roost on man-made structures or buildings. These birds can cause harm to property, spread diseases, and their droppings can pose a threat to health and hygiene, making them a potential pest. By implementing effective bird control measures in urban areas bird infestations can be prevented.


Squirrels are often considered cute and harmless creatures, but they can also become pests. These rodents are known to cause damage to property by gnawing on wood, electrical wiring, and insulation. They can also gain access to attics and basements, creating nests and leaving droppings that can spread diseases. In addition, squirrels can be a nuisance for homeowners who enjoy gardening, as they tend to dig up bulbs and eat fruits and vegetables.


Cockroaches are a common pest in many urban areas, including Gloucester. They have an ability to multiply quickly and can be found in both residential and commercial properties. Cockroaches can carry diseases and contaminate food, making them a serious health hazard. They are particularly attracted to areas with food debris and moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Once they infest a property, they can be difficult to get rid of, and their presence can cause significant distress to homeowners and occupants. Therefore, it is essential to take immediate action at the first sign of cockroach infestations to prevent their spread and reduce the risk of health problems. 

If you are experiencing pest problems in your residential or commercial property in Gloucester or the surrounding areas, our pest control team can help. We specialise in dealing with all types of pests and provide thorough and effective solutions to remove and prevent infestations.

For further advice and information on any type of pest control, or to book an initial survey in Gloucester, call us on 0333 567 2020, or contact us today.

Author: NBC Environment/Orkin

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