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Cambridge City Council

Insect identification

Most common insects don’t have public health significance and can be safely left alone.

We can identify those few pests of public health significance that can affect residents – such as cockroaches, bed bugs and pharaoh ants.

Send us a photo of the insects by email and we’ll try to identify them for you.

If you need a more detailed identification, Insect Research and Development Ltd might be able to help – a charge will apply.

Avoid infestations

  • Don't leave food waste lying around
  • Avoid piles of rubbish – these can provide a home and food for rodents and insects
  • Maintain your drainage system – repair broken pipes, covers for example
  • Report problems as soon as possible

Service related queries

For questions about a service we provide, please use our contact us form