Pests

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

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 are a part of the natural environment, they are pollinators and honey producers. Many gardeners need them around for the pollination of their fruit and vegetables.

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. 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, Council will arrange for prompt treatment. Request destruction of a bee hive online or call Council's Customer Service Centre on 8405 6600.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes within the Adelaide metropolitan area are primarily a biting nuisance pest that can ruin outdoor activities for the community. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, but in South Australia there is limited disease transmission by mosquitoes.

People may contract Ross River virus from mosquitoes during summer from many parts of South Australia. The most common areas are along the Murray River, Murray Lakes and coastal mangrove areas. However, this should not stop people visiting these areas as simple protection is possible.

Mosquitoes tend to breed locally and only fly about a kilometre from their breeding site. Occasionally they may be blown further afield by strong winds. Residents need to ensure they have no bodies of still water around their homes to prevent mosquito breeding.

In good weather a mosquito can complete the cycle from egg to adult in around 7 days, so very often the biting mosquitoes have developed quite close by.

 

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.

Mice Control

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

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.

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 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.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or send us an email.
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