For pest infestations on private land it is the land owner’s responsibility to control the problem. It may be possible to control the situation yourself by using baits and other products available from supermarkets or hardware stores however if this does not suffice a professional pest controller must be contacted.
The most effective pest control program is one that takes an integrated approach combining preventative measures such as addressing conditions conducive to harbourage along with reactive measures such as the use of baiting/trapping.
When deciding how to manage pests the following main concepts should be considered;
Build them out – Identify where pests live and remove the conditions that make it attractive, by organising the shed and storing items up off the floor, keeping the lawns and garden beds in a well maintained condition and blocking off the potential entry points into your home you make it less attractive for a pest to live.
Starve them out – Eliminating food and water sources is also an important preventative measure, ensure bins have tight fitting lids, be careful to ensure that any left over pet food is removed and pet waste is collected frequently, limit the amount of garden waste and be sure to pick up fallen fruit & nuts from trees.
Chase them out – Consider implementing a baiting/trapping program to eliminate existing pests, if you are unsure or unable to do so, a suitably qualified pest controller can be consulted to assist you.
Finally, pests are rarely restricted by property boundaries and hence it can be a good idea to talk to your neighbours to see if they are experiencing similar problems and work cooperatively to applying pest control measures. When implemented across a number of properties you can often achieve better results and avoid relocating the problem.
For pest infestations on Council land such as parks, gardens, reserves, nature strips and any other public spaces you should contact Council’s Customer Service so they can direct the issue to the appropriate department for action.