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
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/webdata/resources/files/European_Wasp_Brochure_2009.pdf
Mosquitos are not only a nuisance in the summer months, but also have the potential to transmit disease.
The most effective way to control mosquito populations is to eliminate breeding sites. Mosquitos like to breed in stagnant and undisturbed water bodies. Therefore it is important that stagnant water bodies, such as the base of pot plants, bird baths and ponds are emptied or water replenished on a regular basis to prevent mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes will not breed in chlorinated waters, for example, swimming pools, or well stocked fish ponds as the fish will consume the mosquito larvae before they hatch.
In addition to eliminating breeding sites, people can protect themselves from mosquito bites by implementing self-protection measures. These may include:
More specific control measures are detailed in the mosquito control information sheet:
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.