Addressing pest issues including rats, mice, pigeons and bees
Vermin concerns on private land are the responsibility of the landowner and a licensed pest controller should be contacted, however we do have a baiting and monitoring program to control rodent activity in public spaces.
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Rats and mice
Rats and mice in the public space
Our pest control program includes the use of poison bait stations and solar-powered SMART rodent control boxes. These pest control devices are located throughout the city to manage rodent populations.
- If you notice activity on public or neighbouring properties, contact us and we will investigate.
Rats and mice on private land
Where rats are found to be nesting on private land, the landowner is responsible for taking action. This may include engaging the services of a licensed pest controller.
Our compliance officers can take action on private land which is unsafe or unhealthy and when conditions such as the presence of garbage or other materials promote rat activity.
Managing rat and mice activity
Rats are attracted to poor waste management to feed and nest.
- Make sure your property does not attract rats by keeping pet food inside and your land clean and in good condition at all times.
- Ensure all waste in public spaces is contained within rubbish bins – report illegal dumping to us.
- Pest proofing your property using solid durable materials and screens to keep rodents and other pests out.
- Speak to your licensed pest controller about pest-proofing your home or business to prevent unwanted entry into your property.
Bees exist naturally throughout the city and generally do not sting if left alone. We will respond to swarms and nests that occur on public land to protect public health.
- You can report swarming bees on public land by contacting us on 02 9265 9333.
- Swarms that occur on private land are the responsibility of the landowner to remove through the services of a licensed pest controller.
Pigeons, ibis and other wild birds
We don’t offer pest control measures involving pigeons. Owners of property impacted by nesting or roosting pigeons are advised to seek the services of a licensed pest controller.
The Australian white ibis is protected under law. Our ability to intervene is limited with ibis but when necessary, we will investigate complaints in relation to nesting colonies on public land.
We don’t investigate complaints or initiate control measures with wild birds such as cockatoos, Indian mynas, or seagulls.
For all other queries regarding pests in the local area, please contact us.