Top Pests in Sheffield – A guide

Sheffield is a fantastic city, located in South Yorkshire, that has been growing and developing for hundreds of years and is home to a population of approximately 584,000 people. Unfortunately, as with any urban area, this growth has also brought with it a number of unwanted pest infestations and pest bird problems. 

From bed bugs and cockroaches to mice and rats, pests can be a nuisance and a health hazard. The biggest reason pests thrive in urban areas isn't because people are dirty, but because they can find plenty of food and safe places to live. In this article, we'll cover some common pests found in Sheffield.

What are the most common pests in Sheffield?

Mouse chewing wire 1024x683Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are two of the most common pests in Sheffield. They can cause damage to properties and buildings by chewing through electrical wiring, which can be a fire hazard, and they can also chew through pipes and other structural elements of buildings. In addition to causing physical damage, rats and mice can also contaminate food and carry diseases. They can spread diseases such as salmonella and leptospirosis, and their presence can be a health hazard for humans.

These rodents are attracted to urban areas because of the abundance of food, water and shelter found there. They will make their homes in roof spaces, walls, under floors and even in sewer systems.


These pests are known for their ability to multiply quickly and can be found in both residential and commercial properties. Cockroaches can carry diseases and contaminate food, so it is important to take steps to control them. Cockroaches need to be controlled with a thorough and planned approach to completely remove the infestation and to prevent any future recurrences.

Bed Bugs

In areas of high population bed bugs are a common issue, and they're known to make their homes in hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and even on the seats of public transport. Bed bugs aren't a sign of poor hygiene as they can be found in very clean environments. 

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They can be found anywhere inside a property - including the kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms - but you'll usually find them near beds or couches because these places provide ideal living conditions for bed bugs. 


Urban foxes are expert scavengers and are common visitors to Sheffield gardens. They often root through rubbish bins or dig up flower beds in search of food, but these nocturnal creatures are more of a nuisance than a danger. 


Birds such as pigeons, seagulls and starlings can become pests in urban areas like Sheffield when they nest and roost in buildings or other man-made structures. They can cause damage to property, spread disease and their droppings can be unpleasant and even dangerous.

Our Sheffield pest control team are experts in dealing with all the above pests.

Our services can help you with any pest problems in commercial or residential properties across Sheffield, and the surrounding areas including Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley & Chesterfield. So, whether you need us to deal with a fox in your garden or cockroaches in your kitchen – we’re here for you.

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

Author: NBC Environment/Orkin

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