Noise and nuisance

Insects and flies from business premises

Insects can constitute a statutory nuisance when they are traceable to a commercial activity and when present in significant numbers which interferes with the comfort and enjoyment of one’s home.

The legislation only relates to insects emanating from relevant trade or business premises. It does not apply where the source of the problem is a domestic property.

Working out the source of nuisance can sometimes be a difficult and lengthy process, as flying insects can travel considerable distances.

In addition this section does not apply to insects that are categorised as wild animals under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, i.e. animals which are protected.