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Pest Control

Pests can be both dangerous and damaging to local environments. All property owners are responsible for the treatment of pest control problems affecting their properties. The Council is responsible for the treatment of any pest control problems related to nature strips, Council owned buildings or Council owned land.

To report a pest issue on Council land, please contact Kingston’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 653 356

Bees  

For assistance in removing a bee swarm on private property contact the Bees Helpline (Honey bee swam removal hotline) operated by the Victorian Apiarists’ Association Inc. Users of this service can obtain contact details of apiarists who are prepared to remove free hanging and accessible swarms. Information can be obtained by calling 1902 241 059 (call cost $2.20 per minute; a higher rate applies from mobile and public phones.

Anyone who keeps bee hives is required to register with the Department of Primary Industries as a beekeeper. The Apiary Code of Practice outlines the requirements for keeping bee hives. For further information contact Department of Primary Industries on 136 186.

Wasps

The most effective way to get rid of a wasp nest is to destroy the nest.

If you have European wasps nesting on your property, it is your responsibility to have them removed. To remove the nest you can contact a wasp company by looking under 'P' for Pest Controller in the Yellow Pages.

Rodents (Rats & Mice)

Rodents such as rats and mice are a common problem. Typically they will not inhabit an area unless there is a food source available. Rodents can usually be found in instances of poorly maintained chicken pens, bird aviaries, compost piles, defective rubbish bins and fallen fruit.

If there is a rodent problem is on your own land you can either treat the problem yourself, or engage the services of a professional pest control company

If the rodent problem is on your neighbour's land we recommend you speak with your neighbour to advise them of the problem.

Alternatively you can contact the Council’s Environmental Health Services on 9581 4573 or info@kingston.vic.gov.au