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Pests

Pests can cause problems in our communities. Council provides a service to residents to treat rodents, European wasps, bees and snakes.

Animal Management Plan(PDF, 8117.38 KB)

European Wasps

Please note that Council only destroys European wasp nests, not native wasps such as Paper wasps and Mud wasps. If you are unsure of the type of wasp or seek information to locate a European wasp nest click here.

The European wasp is an introduced pest to Australia, our mild climate has allowed it to survive and flourish. Control of their numbers is important to ensure they do not impact unfavourably on our lifestyle and environment. These pests are often attracted to our picnics, bbqs and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately they enjoy the same types of food that we do, such as meat and sweet foods. Do not aggravate the wasp as it may sting and unlike a bee the European wasp can sting multiple times. If left undisturbed, however, the wasp is not aggressive to humans or animals.

Having wasps around on a regular basis indicates that there is a nest nearby. It is important that the nest be located and destroyed. If you find a nest site, it is very important not to disturb it - disturbing the nest may result in repeated stings. If a European wasp nest is found request European wasp nest destruction online or call the Council's Customer Service Centre and we will arrange our pest contractor to destroy the nest free of charge.

Bees

Bees provide a number of benefits to our lives and to the world in which we live. Our world would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. We rely on bees to help our food grow, crops thrive and produce fruit, vegetables, flowers, nuts, seeds, beans, and much more. Bees play an important role in the life cycle of most plants and flowers and as humans we also eat their honey and use their wax.

Bees become active in spring during the months of September, October and November and they begin to swarm as the queen seeks out new locations to set up a hive. As Council acknowledges the many benefits bees have on our environment, Council has implemented a bee removal service for Council owned properties and residential properties only. In the first instance, bee hives will be collected and relocated so that we can continue receiving the many benefits that bees provide. However, in circumstances where bee hives are unable to be collected and relocated bee hives will require destruction.

When they first appear as a swarm they may just be passing through, consequently Council asks that contact be made only after the bees have been established for at least 48 hours. However, if the swarm is in a hazardous location where members of the public are at risk, in circumstances where possible, Council will arrange for the collection and relocation of the bee hive. Please submit a request online or call Council's Customer Service Centre on 8405 6600.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes by their nature are disease vectors and can transmit diseases such as malaria, ross river virus and dengue fever; luckily the chance of this occurring within South Australia is extremely low, unluckily they are still an abundant urban pest in South Australia in the right prevailing weather conditions.

Within the Adelaide metropolitan area mosquitoes are primarily a biting nuisance pest that can detract from the enjoyment of outdoor activities around the community, generally from October to April each year.

>Mosquitoes tend to breed locally in shallow and stagnant water sources and can travel upwards of 5km in the right wind conditions from their breeding location once they reach maturity.

Council has a control program in place that regularly treats known breeding locations that it has control over, however sporadic breeding from local sources around peoples’ homes and businesses can also contribute significantly to the overall population.

If you are having problems with mosquitoes in your area please first assess whether or not you may be contributing to sporadic breeding from items stored around your home or business.

Unfortunately in times of high activity personal protection and deterrents around the home and business may be the only solution until the adult population subsides.

Please read over the information sheets provided below to assist you in identifying possible breading locations around the home and business, along with personal protective measures you can take to fight the bite.

If you are still having severe ongoing problems and would like Council to investigate a possible breeding location please contact our Customer Service centre on 8405 6600.

Fight the Bite(PDF, 576.08 KB)
Information Handout(PDF, 359.98 KB)

Rat Control

Council provides a free rat baiting service on residential premises via its Pest Control contractor. The service is available on a Wednesday, residents must be present on the day of the service for baits to be laid. Request the service via Councils Online Services.

eCouncil - Online Services
Rat Prevention and Control Factsheet(PDF, 166.33 KB)

Mice Control

If residents have any issues with mice control, please refer to the Mouse Alert website.

Mouse alert

Feral Pigeons

In the Council area uncontrolled pigeon flocks have become a health and safety issue for the export grain industry. Building owners and community members also complain about the mess and destruction these birds create.

Feral pigeons

Snakes

There are several types of snakes that are native to South Australia. Some snake species, like the eastern brown snake, seem well-adapted to co-exist with humans and may live in suburban gardens and yards.

Snakes are most active during Summer and Spring. Snakes tend to try and avoid confrontations with people, and will typically move away to hide, or lie very still until a person has passed by. However, like most wild animals, snakes will defend themselves if they are startled or feel threatened.

If you observe a snake on your property, do not attempt to touch or capture it. Keep children and pets well clear. Almost all snake bites occur when people try to handle, kill or harm a snake. Furthermore, all snakes are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. If possible, watch where the snake goes and then contact a Snake catcher.

Snakes shelter in wood heaps, under corrugated roofing iron, in compost and in piles of rubbish, all of which are often found close to houses. Like any other animal, snakes need food, water and shelter so there are several things you can do to make your property less attractive to snakes and reduce your chances of being bitten:

  • clean up rubbish around the home
  • keep gardens tidy
  • take steps to reduce mice and rats
  • check boots before putting them on if left outdoors
  • never put your hand somewhere that can't be seen.

Council staff do not capture or collect snakes on private property. Residents who observe a snake are advised to contact a licensed Snake catcher. A number of Snake catchers operate within the Council area- check your local Messenger or visit the Yellow Pages website for details. A fee is payable for this service. If a Snake catcher visits your property but is unable to locate the snake, they may still request a fee to cover fuel costs and time.

If you spot a snake on a council reserve or public area please call us immediately on 8405 6600 and we will arrange for a Community Safety Officer and a snake catcher to attend. If possible please keep your eye on the snake until somebody arrives.

If a Snake catcher captures a snake that is not an eastern brown snake, it must be either relocated back into a suitable habitat within two kilometres of where it was captured, or humanely destroyed.

Snake catchers can also locate, capture and relocate common reptiles that are causing anxiety to a person, such as bluetongue lizards and bearded dragons, within their normal range.

Council accepts no responsibility for any accidents which may occur through the actions of the snake catcher or any other person in the capture, holding, consignment or release of any venomous snake. If a snake is observed on Council land please contact one of our helpful Customer Service Team on (08) 8405 6600.

National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972