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Pest control


Bees on private property

Council does not provide a bee removal service. Please refer to the Yellow Pages or other resources to locate the contact details of apiarists who will remove bees for a fee.

Bees on Council property

Council gives a high priority to the removal of bees from Council property as they may constitute a safety hazard. Contact Council with details of the location of the bees and Council officers will organise removal.

Bees near Telstra pits

When bees are swarming near Telstra pits, please call Telstra on 13 22 03 for assistance.

Bees on SA Water property

If the bees are on SA Water lands or in a SA Water pit, then Council cannot assist. Please contact SA Water directly on 1300 650 950.

European Wasps

European wasps on private property

Council does not provide a European Wasp removal service. Please refer to the Yellow Pages or other resources to locate the contact details of a pest removalist who will remove wasps for a fee.

European wasps on Council property

Where a European Wasp nest is found on Council land, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 8375 6600 and a staff member will attend. We will need the exact location of the nest as it is not possible to confirm the nest location from the sighting of a few airborne wasps.


Private contractors are available to eradicate foxes within the metropolitan area where the actual location of the den is known. Please contact your local contractor.

Fruit Fly

Any enquiries regarding Fruit Fly or to report Fruit Fly activity, contact the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Fruit Fly hotline on 1300 666 010 for more information.


Mosquitoes breed in calm, still water mainly during the summer months. Common breeding sites include:

  • Unused or stagnant swimming pools
  • Rainwater tanks

Council has information about mosquito activity, breeding sites and protection from mosquito bites. Concerns about mosquitoes can be referred to the Community Health and Safety Unit's Environmental Health Officers on 8375 6600 or via email

  • For more details view the Mosquito Control Information Sheet below.


It is illegal to handle or interfere with any native animal including possums without a permit.

How do I get a permit?

Residents can obtain Possum Permits and information from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources website. For further information, contact them on 8204 1910 or visit the website listed above.

I don't want to get a permit - what can I do?

If you do not want to obtain a permit to trap a possum, look in the Yellow Pages and contact a pest control company.

Tips on dealing with possums and if a possum is hurt

If the possum is hurt, Fauna Rescue of South Australia may be able to assist the resident. To view their website, which includes tips on dealing with possums, visit Fauna Rescue of South Australia website.


Council does not provide a rat removal service. Please refer to the Yellow Pages or other resources to locate the contact details of a pest removal service.

It is a legal requirement that owners and occupiers of premises prevent rats from living and breeding on their property.

Rat indicators

Rats are only seen during the day if they are very hungry or present in large numbers. Commonly, the presence of rats is indicated by:

  • Droppings (12mm to 18mm long).
  • Debris left in dark corners (e.g. almond shells, chop bones, etc.).
  • Partially eaten fruit and vegetables.
  • Greasy rub marks.
  • Burrow holes around buildings.
  • Pets being more excitable than usual.
  • Squeaking, gnawing or movement noises in the walls, cupboards, ceiling or under-floor areas.

Rat control

Chemical baits are the most effective way of destroying rats and they are available at hardware stores and supermarkets. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and take special care if using baits around animals or children. The old-fashioned spring 'back break' trap is also effective.


To prevent rats from living and breeding in your yard, deny rats food and shelter by:

  • Storing firewood away from sheds or fences and at least 40cm above the ground.
  • Keep the shed and yard clear of junk piles.
  • Removing all fruit and nuts from trees and vines at the end of the season.
  • Identifying and blocking all potential entry points to buildings such as pipes and service entries.
  • Ensuring pet food dishes and bulk supplies stored in a manner that makes them inaccessible by rats.
  • Ensuring rubbish and compost bins prevent rats access. Never compost meat.
  • Maintaining a tidy yard.

 For more information download the Rats Brochure below.


All native snakes are protected species.

Where the snake is on Council land, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 8375 6600.

For snakes on private property, private contractors are available to remove the snake without it being harmed or destroyed (fees apply), please check the Yellow Pages.

If you require further information, visit the Department of Environment and Water website.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

City of Marion
Customer Service Centre

In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046