According to the prevention of damage by pests act, you are required to notify the Council of any infestation of pests and are required to control pests on your property or the property you rent at all times.
Rats and mice are of course the most likely problem we encounter as poultry keepers so it is important to keep on top of them or risk complaints from neighbours. It is a good idea to keep a record of what you are doing to control pests in the event of a complaint or visit from the Council with the risk of an enforcement notice or worst still, a court case.
If you don’t control them, the Council can enforce you to do it and if you still don’t, they will come in and do it for you and then you’ll pick up the bill for their costs.
For more information on controlling pests, see my page on Rats and Mice