Pest & Vermin Control

Rats and Mice

The Public Health Act 2011 requires that property owners/occupiers are responsible for the prevention of insanitary conditions on their property. Any rat or mouse infestation would indicate a possible insanitary condition in which case the owner or occupier would need to take steps to control or eliminate the breeding of vermin. This could incorporate a baiting program and general tidy up of the premises. Council Environmental Health Officers are available to give general advice regarding vermin control.


European Wasps

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.

Discourage wasps by:

  • Covering food exposed at picnics and barbeques
  • Avoiding the use of drink cans and bottles outdoors
  • Removing fallen fruit or food scraps lying around your yard
  • Attaching a dichlorvos pest strip to the inside on bin lids
  • Removing any unused water source
  • Avoid leaving uneaten pet food outside

Your co-operation is sought in notifying of European wasp nest locations. If you do find a nest, please contact one of Council's Environmental Health Officers who can arrange for its destruction. Please note that Council only destroys European wasp nests, not native wasps such as Paper wasps and Mud wasps.

Under no circumstances should you touch or attempt to disturb the nest.



Mosquitoes breed in standing water – fresh, salty or stagnant. As such, any water body has the potential to act as a mosquito breeding ground. Mosquitoes often breed in puddles and water-holding containers found on private and public land such as old tyres, bathtubs, drums, fish ponds and pools. Mosquitoes are a natural part of our environment. They can be a nuisance, and when they bite, some can spread serious disease such as Ross River virus or  Barmah Forest Virus infections.

Both infections can be debilitating to humans and symptoms can include rash, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, joint and muscle pains (swelling or stiffness), fatigue, depression and being generally unwell. Using simple personal and household protection measures allows us to live with mosquitoes and reduce the risk of disease.

The first line of defence in protection against mosquito-borne disease is to avoid mosquito prone areas. As this is not always possible or practicable, personal and household protection measures are the next best line of defence in the avoidance of mosquito bites and mosquito-borne disease. 

Mosquito breeding in rainwater tanks can be prevented by ensuring that all openings are covered with mesh to prevent the entry of adult mosquitoes. Tank water can be treated with a small amount of kerosene or medicinal paraffin oil. 

Information regarding personal protection and mosquito control can be found in SA Health's PDF fact sheet on Mosquitoes >



In warm conditions flies will often swarm in sheltered covered positions eg, verandahs and patios. In such instances it may be necessary to use a surface spray on adjacent building surfaces to repel the flies.

Fly breeding can be minimised by ensuring domestic waste bins have tight fitting lids. 


Further Information

For more information about Vermin Control, please visit Biosecurity SA's website >

Alternatively, you can contact Council's Environmental Services Section on 08 8563 8444.