There are many animals that share our backyards with us, and while some can be considered as a nuisance, there are ways to deal with them.
Elm Leaf Beetle
Bees & Wasps
Swooping birds are native wild animals. Council does not have any control; only licenced wildlife handlers can deal with them.
Any enquires regarding swooping birds (and licenced wildlife handlers) should be directed to the Department of Sustainability & Environment. Phone: 136 186
Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and Council is not allowed to handle them.
For the names of local licensed snake catchers refer to yellow pages or contact the Department of Sustainability & Environment on 136 186.
For more information contact the Department of Primary Industries. Phone: 9785 0111
Possums are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. They must not be harmed in any way or kept without authority.
Only Common Brushtail Possums living in buildings can be trapped, and only for the purpose of releasing them on the same property or taking them to a registered vet for euthanasia. Relocation of possums is prohibited. Common Ringtail Possums remain fully protected and may not be trapped. Breaching any of these regulations carries a penalty of up to $5000 .
For more information on Possums or to find a licensed possum controllers visit the Department of Sustainability or contact them on 136 186.
While Council does not undertake vermin control on private property, its Health surveyors may inspect problems for underlying causes.
Further enquiries may be referred to council Customer Service.
Council recommends the use of licensed pest control exterminators in the case of significant infestations. Refer to the Yellow Pages