Pest and Vermin Control

Declared Pest Plants and Animals (Rabbits, Foxes & Noxious Weeds)

Proclaimed Plant and Animal Management is the role of the South East Natural Resources Management Board.   Two Authorised Officers are based at the District Council of Grant premises, 324 Commercial Street West, Mount Gambier.

If you wish to speak with one of the South East Natural Resources Management Board Authorised Officers, they can be contacted on the telephone numbers listed below:

Deb Lang8721 04210400 188 094
Andrew Shepherd8721 04510408 802 971
European Wasp

The European Wasp is native to Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia but not Australia.  Its first recorded sighting in Australia was in 1959.  The first nest destroyed in South Australia was in Port Adelaide in 1978.  The European Wasp is now well established in metropolitan Adelaide and has reached some country areas. 

The European Wasp is most easily identifiable by its bright yellow body and triangular markings on the abdomen.

European Wasps are attracted to sweet foods and meat which is why they are commonly a nuisance at outdoor eating venues and barbeques.

If a European Wasp is aggravated it may sting.  Unlike the bee, a European Wasp can sting multiple times.  It is important not to aggravate a European Wasp.  If left undisturbed the European Wasp is not aggressive to humans or other animals.

If a nest is disturbed, the wasps release a chemical which triggers the wasps to defend the nest.  Do not disturb nests - contact Council or pest control operator.  The majority of nests are located in the ground, with the remainder usually found in buildings.  You can usually identify a nest site by the stream of yellow and black wasps entering and leaving a site.

If you consider you have a European Wasp nest on your property, contact Council for identification.

For further information on European Wasps can be found here.

Fire Ants

Red imported fire ant (RIFA) is an invasive pest. It impacts on the environment, agriculture, public infrastructure, human health and social enjoyment.  It has a painful sting that can cause severe allergy and death.

Further information on Fire Ants can be found here.