Pest control

The City's role

Many people contact the City of Sydney about pests such as rats and mice, pigeons and bees. The City does not offer any pest control services, however we do carry out a baiting and monitoring program to control rats on public land within the local area. All permanent bait sites are monitored weekly.

The City continually assesses and investigates new areas of concern where severe infestations have been reported and identified, which may result in further permanent bait stations being added.

Boosting efforts to reduce rats across the city

Construction across the city centre is stirring up rat populations – but we have a plan and you can do your bit too.

Pest concerns on private land are the responsibility of the landowner and a pest controller should be contacted. If the community's health and safety is at risk due to pests on a private property, the City can serve an order to the owner or occupier of the land. 

Pest concerns on public land should be referred to the City. We have compiled a fact sheet to help you deal with pest control concerns.

You can also visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website


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02 9265 9333

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Last updated: Wednesday, 24 July 2019