Our environmental health officers investigate residential pest complaints where there is evidence of 20 or more rats, mice or pigeons and where a food source can be identified.
To lodge a residential pest complaint, contact our Public Health Unit on 9524 3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rats and mice
Owners and occupiers of private land are responsible for vermin control on their properties and should minimise conditions that could harbour rodents. Rodents breed abundantly and if left undetected or untreated, a breeding pair can quickly become a major infestation.
Signs of infestation
- Droppings — usually found in feeding and nestling areas and along runways. Size of droppings can assist in identifying the type of rodent and give an indication of the size of the infestation.
- Runways — due to their heightened sense of touch, rodents rely on close contact with walls to move quickly, leaving greasy rub marks along the wall they travel.
- Noise — squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in walls, cupboards, ceilings and under floors may indicate the presence of rodents.
- Damage — signs of fruit and vegetables having been eaten, damaged food packaging or gnawing damage are other signs of infestation.
Preventing an infestation
Denying food and shelter can discourage rodents and the following simple measures can assist to prevent them.
Remove potential harbourage areas by ensuring:
- garden waste and other unused materials are regularly removed from sheds and yards; and
- firewood is stored off the ground and away from the side of the house, shed or fences.
Prevent access to the home by:
- blocking holes and other potential access points, such as under doors; and
- cutting back trees from the house or placing collars around the trunk as rats are excellent climbers.
Remove any food sources by:
- storing food in containers with tight fitting lids;
- ensuring rubbish bins and compost containers are well maintained, covered and do not have any holes;
- removing fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season; and
- ensuring pest food containers are kept clean and bulk pet food is kept in containers with tight fitting lids to prevent access by rodents.
For further advice and assistance in preventing or controlling rodent infestations, contact a pest control company.
Pigeons and other birds
Owners/occupiers of private land are responsible for the control of birds on their properties and should minimise conditions that could harbour large numbers of birds. When deliberate feeding occurs, pigeons and other birds can become a pest. Birds will settle in large numbers close to areas where regular feeding occurs and, once settled, are extremely difficult to relocate.
Controlling pigeons and other birds
The most effective way to control pigeon and other bird populations is to limit the amount of food available. This can be done by limiting available food sources and stopping regular feeding activities such as scattering bread. Once feeding stops it may take a long period of time, up to six months, before the birds will move to another location.
In addition to removing food sources, another way to control pigeons and other bird populations include installing physical barriers on buildings such as spikes.
For further advice and assistance in preventing or controlling pigeons and other bird populations, contact a pest control company.
Bees and wasps
Bees and wasps can nest in various locations including ceiling, wall and tree cavities and wasp nests are commonly found in the ground. Owners/occupiers of private land are responsible for the removal of bee hives and wasp nests on their properties. For further advice and assistance in removing bee hives and wasp nests, contact a pest control company.
Our environmental health officers investigate complaints where there is evidence of a bee hive or wasp nest on a residential property that is causing a public health nuisance to a neighbouring property.
To lodge a bee or wasp complaint, contact our Public Health Unit on 9524 3333 or email: email@example.com