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Pests & Vermin

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The European wasp is an introduced pest to Australia, our mild climate has allowed it to survive and flourish. Control of their numbers is important to ensure they do not impact unfavourably on our lifestyle and environment. These pests are often attracted to our picnics, barbecues and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately they enjoy the same types of food that we do, such as meat and sweet foods. Do not aggravate the wasp as it may sting and unlike a bee the European wasp can sting multiple times. If left undisturbed, however, the wasp is not aggressive to humans or animals.

Having wasps around on a regular basis indicates that there is a nest nearby. It is important that the nest be located and destroyed. If you find a nest site, it is very important not to disturb it - disturbing the nest may result in repeated stings. If a European wasp nest is found, please call the Council's Environmental Health Officer and we will investigate your request and if necessary arrange for a pest contractor to destroy the nest.  Please note that Council only destroys European wasp nests, not native wasps such as Paper wasps and Mud wasps.

If you are unsure of the type of wasp you have, or for further information and photos of European wasps please refer to the information guide below

Please also click on the following Information Guide - European Wasps(815 kb)

Should you require further information, please contact Council's General Inspector on 1300 785 277


Bees are a part of the natural environment, they are pollinators and honey producers. Many gardeners need them around for the pollination of their fruit and vegetables.

Bees become active in spring during the months of September, October and November and they begin to swarm as the queen seeks out new locations to set up a hive. When they first appear as a swarm they may just be passing through, consequently Council asks that contact be made only after the bees have been established for at least 48 hours. However, if the swarm is in a hazardous location where members of the public are at risk, Council will arrange for prompt treatment. Please call Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 785 277.

Please also click on the following Information Guide - Bees(421 kb)


If a snake is observed on private land do not attempt to capture it for obvious safety reasons and also because snakes are a protected species.  If the snake is not in a dangerous situation it is better to leave it alone and allow it to move on.

Council staff do not capture/collect snakes, a contractor will need to be hired by the land owner, such as Snake Away Services - phone 0413 511 440.  If the snake is observed on Council land please contact one of our helpful Customer Service Team on 1300 785 277. 

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Coorong District Council

95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend SA 5260

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

Call: 1300 785 277


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