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Pests are common in urban environments and can become a nuisance in our community without the appropriate prevention and control. Property owners are responsible for the eradication of pests on their own private property. Information on the management of specific pests can be found below.
Feeding feral pigeons
The feeding of non-domestic or feral pigeons which may cause a nuisance is an offense under the South Australia Local Nuisance and Litter Contol Act 2016. Abatement Orders can be considered which direct the person to cease the activity and expiation notices can be issued for any breaches of the Abatement Order.
If you believe a resident is feeding feral pigeons/birds and is causing a nuisance please contact customer service and a Community Safety Officer will investigate the matter.
Visit the SA Health website for more details on feral pigeons
Swooping birds (for example, magpies and noisy miners) are most active during spring when they're breeding, because they're protecting their babies. Breeding season is usually complete by early October. Unfortunately some birds, such as noisy miners, will swoop all year round.
Here is the best advice from the Department of Environment and Water:
- Avoid the area where the magpies are nesting
- Wear sunglasses and a hard hat such as a bike helmet
- Carry a stick above your head or an open umbrella
- Travel in a group if possible
- Walk, don’t run
- Cyclists and skateboarders should dismount and wheel their bikes/skateboard through magpie territory.
Please do not throw anything at magpies as they will attack more vigorously.
On occasion, particularly during the warmer weather, bees may form a colony, or 'beard', outside of the hive. This is their way of trying to get cool and can be quite frightening due to their size and the amount of bees present. Bees at this time of year can also relocate their nest and will go into a resting phase for approximately two days. Generally during these situations, the bee colony is not aggressive as they are trying to protect the queen.
European wasps are attracted to sweet food/ drink and meat.
If left undisturbed, the European wasp is not aggressive to humans or other animals. They may, however, become aggressive when their nest is disturbed, releasing a chemical that signals the other wasps to defend their nest. Unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times.
Common signs of rat activity are rat droppings, partially eaten food (e.g. half-eaten fruit and empty snail shells), gnawing, burrows, and greasy rub marks along pathways (commonly the fence line).