The presence of rats may be detected by 'droppings', 'rat runs', 'eaten foods' or damage to food containers.
How to Remove Rats from Your Property
Trapping and poisoning will kill rats on your premises, but this is only a temporary measure as rats will return if favourable conditions for existence persist. For complete extermination and protection against reinfestation, rats must be deprived of food and shelter.
How to Deny Rats Food
Bee removal - private property
Warning - do not disturb or attempt to remove a bee colony yourself. Bee stings may prove fatal to those with an allergy. An authorised contractor should be engaged for the removal/destruction of the bees.
The South Australia’s Beekeepers Society provides a list of people and contact phone numbers who can remove and relocate bees for a fee: http://www.bees.org.au/swarms.htm#swarmlist
Bee removal - council property
Council will remove bees from council land if it has been identified that the bees are causing a risk to public health and safety. Please call our Customer Service Team on 83408 1111 to report a bee hive that is causing a nuisance or is a public health and safety risk in your area and they will arrange for its removal as soon as possible.
Council does not provide a service to remove beehives from private property. It is the resident's responsibility to arrange a pest controller to remove the beehive on their property, at the resident's cost.
The European wasp is most easily identifiable by:
While the European wasp is the same size as the bee (10 - 15mm), it is less hairy and folds it's wings back at rest. Unlike the bee, a European wasp can sting multiple times. If left undisturbed the European wasp is not aggressive to humans or other animals.
The following tips should be followed to prevent European wasps being attracted to your property:
The following tips should be followed to locate a European wasp nest:
Nests are located where shelter is available. The most common location for nests is UNDERGROUND and nests will be evident by a stream of wasps entering and leaving a hole in the ground. Nests are also found in retaining WALLS, hollows of TREES and wall cavities. The nest is made of grey paper mache type material. Nests constructed of mud are NOT European wasp nests
Once you have located the European wasp nest, contact The City of Charles Sturt during business hours for arrangements to be made for the destruction of the nest on 8408 1111.
Further information is available here on the South Australian Local Government Associations website: http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/site/page.aspx?u=283
As mosquitoes breed in water you can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area by removing or treating water storages around your property. Follow these simple steps to prevent mosquitoes breeding around your home.
Control of Mosquito Larvae (Wrigglers)
Kerosene may taint the water and should not be added in quantities greater than that suggested. It should not be applied when the water level in the tank is low.
How to Keep Your House Cockroach Free
Cockroaches move into people's houses because it is easy to find food, water, and warm dark places to hide. Prevention is the key to keeping your house cockroach free. Without food and water, cockroaches won't survive, and won't want to live in your house.
Kitchen and Food:
Treating an Infestation
Treatments are available from most supermarkets and hardware stores, and can include:
For more information on any of the above pests, contact Environmental Health on 8408 1111.
Our staff have noticed the appearance of puffer fish along our coast as a part of our regular beach patrols. The puffer fish were spotted mostly along Henley Beach and Henley Beach South and towards the mouth of the Torrens. Often puffer fish are washed up naturally, however it is also common for them to be caught by recreational fishers along the beach.
In response, we have asked our beach crews to keep an eye out for further fish and remove any they see from the beach. Puffer fish are highly toxic and dangerous to humans and pets. We also encourage anyone who catches a puffer fish to dispose of it responsibly in a bin, rather than discarding it on the beach.
If you do find you or your pet has come into contact with a pufferfish, the best action is to seek medical advice and take your pet to a vet immediately.
Please contact Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources: DEWNR on 8204 1910 for further information.