There are several birds and animals that can spread disease, damage crops and gardens or just prove to be a nuisance including:
- Indian mynas
- Rats and mice
While possums are native animals, they may move into the roof of your home, which can be quite bothersome. You can trap them humanely, but only to remove them from the roof. They must be released on the same property within 50 metres of the capture site. Licensed wildlife controllers are authorised to trap possums, (see Yellow Pages under pest control) but they won’t relocate them.
For more information, go to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.
Swooping birds can be frightening or even dangerous. Native birds swoop in urban and rural areas: anywhere the birds are nesting.
Magpies breed from August to October and are very protective of their young. They may swoop if they feel threatened.
For further information about swooping birds, go to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website or call 136 186.
Long-billed corellas, sulphur-crested cockatoos and galahs can damage cereal crops, roost trees, tree seedlings, soft timber on houses and outdoor furniture, bowling greens, ovals and golf courses.
Council's policy Bird management in urban areas clarifies who is responsible for controlling cockatoos.
Indian Mynas, which are native to tropical southern Asia, were introduced into Melbourne’s market gardens in the 1860s to keep insect numbers down. They are now seen across Australia.
These noisy, territorial birds are not afraid of humans. They use their large numbers to aggressively seize and defend territory, taking over native animal and bird nests.
Rats & Mice
Rats and mice can damage buildings and wiring, contaminate food and transmit diseases to humans.
How to tell if you have a rodent problem
Rats and mice are most active at night time. If you notice any of the following signs, you may have a rodent problem:
- droppings near shelters/nests, feeding areas, travel paths
- burrows found outside, along walls, under buildings, in roof insulation, and in stacked materials
- gnawing on woodwork, electrical cabling, food containers etc
- noises like scratching, fighting, squeaking, clawing and gnawing, often heard during at night.
How to deal with rats and mice on your property
Using baits, available from supermarkets and hardware stores, is the most effective way of dealing with rats and mice. Keep the baits away from children and pets and use only as directed in the product instructions.
Council does not treat rats or mice on private property.
For any further details please contact the Local Laws or Environmental Health units at council on 1300 666 535.