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Indoor vermin in Finland include many insects and their larvae as well as rodents.

Insect pests can be classified as fabric, foodstuff and wood pests, vermin and other insects that are present indoors.


Fabric pests refer to insects the larvae of which feed on various textile fibres. Food pests eat or contaminate foodstuffs with their excrement. Vermin refer to bed bugs, head lice, fleas and mites. Other unwanted guests include the silverfish, ants and fruit flies.

Rodents and birds

Rodents and birds can foul foodstuffs with their excrement. Rodents can also damage structures or electrical cables, for example.

Pest extermination

The environmental health department will provide counselling regarding pest extermination. You can also bring insects to the department for identification. Bring identifiable insects in a sealed box intact, do not crush them. 

You can buy pesticides, repellents and bait boxes at locations such as hardware stores and department stores. Contact information for pest extermination companies can be found on the service directory of the phone book as well as online.

Contact information

Environmental health on-call number, on weekdays from 9.00 am to 11.30 am, tel. +358 (0)3 733 4577,

Environmental health inspectors:
Jari Ahonen, tel. +358 (0)50 387 8730
Nina Hiltunen, tel. +358(0)50 518 4484
Sami Niemelä, tel. +358 (0)44 416 4596