City of Subiaco - Pest and insect control
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Pest and insect control

The City of Subiaco can provide advice and assistance on ridding your home of pests and insects. This page contains helpful hints on how to control foxes, rabbits, insects, rodents and possums in your home or business.

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Foxes and rabbits

The two main feral animals of concern throughout Perth’s western suburbs are foxes and rabbits. If you believe there is a feral animal in your residence or local community, the city recommends you:

  • take necessary precautions to protect your pets where (i.e. ensuring chicken coups are well maintained and keeping your pets inside at night)
  • complete the feral animal reporting form below. This will help the city monitor and track pest animal movements.

The city is able to provide advice to assist residents to protect your pets, however the city does not offer a trapping service for private citizens. In the event a regional concern is identified such as a fox den, the city can act to address the problem.

Wild animals are transient and not confined by local government boundaries. Therefore, the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils (WESROC) and other pest control agencies are tackling feral animals in a collaborative approach, which will improve the efficiency of feral animal management of public spaces along the coastal metropolitan region.

Feral animal observations

Community members are encouraged to report sightings of foxes and rabbits to the city using the feral animal observation sheet below. This will help the city identify problem areas and assist to locate and control fox dens and rabbit burrows.

Download the feral animal observation sheet (Word doc, 364KB).


Possums can be a nuisance in a number of ways. Aside from causing damage to buildings and plants, possums frequently cross roofs while moving between feeding areas. This activity can result in heavy thumping noises that awaken some people while they are trying to sleep. Possums may also fight on the roof, producing loud thumping noises and squealing.

Shooting or harming of possums is not permitted; nor is rat baiting in an area where possums may be present.

Please visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website for ways to safely and effectively control possums.


Mosquito breeding sites are close to residential areas, so can at times impact on the health and lifestyle of residents and visitors. Mosquito-bourne diseases such as ‘Ross River Virus’ can cause severe sickness.

Due to the impact of mosquitoes and the potential for the transmission of mosquito-bourne diseases, the City of Subiaco undertakes a joint mosquito management program with the City Nedlands and the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Although the City of Subiaco is undertaking a number of initiatives to reduce mosquito numbers, it is simply not possible to eradicate all mosquitoes. Therefore it is important for residents and visitors to take personal measures to reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease.

Some actions people can undertake to reduce the risk include:

  • Reducing mosquito breeding by minimising the amount of stagnant water on private property.
  • Wearing loose-fitting and preferably light coloured pants and long sleeved shirts.
  • Using mosquito repellents.

For further information on mosquito management, please contact the city on (08) 9237 9254.


Rodents such as rats or mice, pose a health concern in the community. They can spread disease, transmit fleas to pets and cause damage to buildings. Rodents are attracted to water, shelter and food, which is why they are often found in houses.

The City of Subiaco provides free sample rat baits. Residents in the City of Subiaco are entitled to two allocations of sample bait each financial year, or four allocations in the case of pension/concession card holders.

For further information on rodents and identification please see our rodent fact sheet (PDF, 136KB) or contact the city on (08) 9237 9254.


There are over 3,000 species of ants in Australia.  Ants are generally most active from late spring to early winter.

The type of control used for ants is dependent on the species. There are very effective baits for some pest species, while others require control using sprays. It is therefore important that the type of ant is identified first before an attempts of eradication.

Most species of ants are difficult to identify without a microscope and specialist knowledge. The Department of Agriculture has a free identification service, and once the type of ant is identified, they can recommend the most effective control methods.

Please visit the Department of Agriculture and Food website for more information regarding this service.


Bees are an integral part of the ecosystem, but can cause a problem for the community.

Bees usually swarm in spring, from September to November, however, they can still be found into the summer and autumn months. If you have a bee swarm at your property, the most important thing to remember is not to aggravate them. Bees will usually only sting in defence.

If the swarm has established a nest at your property you must remove it by engaging a licensed pest control operator or bee removalist.

To avoid being stung, remain inside, and keep children and pets inside until the bees have settled into a cluster. Once the bees have settled, it may be safe to go outside.

Always keep clear of the swarm until you can have it removed, and do not put the hose on the swarm, throw stones at it, or smoke the bees.

Bee keeping is NOT permitted within the City of Subiaco, unless approval to do so has been given by the city. Should any bees or approved beehives cause a nuisance, an owner or occupier may be directed to remove them in accordance with the City of Subiaco Health Local Laws 1999 (PDF, 575 KB).

If you are aware of a nest on council property, or you would like further information regarding bees or bee keeping, please contact the city on (08) 9237 9222.


There are generally two types of wasps found in WA - the European Wasp and the Paper Wasp.

European wasp

Size: Approx 15mm long (same size as a bee)
Body shape: Stout (like a bee)
Colour: Bright yellow and black
Antennae: All black

European Wasps hold their legs close to their body when flying. They fly quickly and do not hover.

Their nests are rarely seen and are usually below the ground. Nests are round or football shaped, with an outer covering of insulation. They are large and grow in summer to be the size of a basketball or bigger. The nest will have a busy entrance hole with many wasps entering and exiting per minute.

European wasps will often be found around pet foods, rubbish, meat or fish.

European wasps will sting repeatedly and will attack humans. It is hazardous to approach the nest, so do not attempt to treat the nest yourself. Instead, contact the Department of Agriculture on (08) 9368 3333 or a licensed pest removalist.

Paper wasp

Size: 15-19mm long
Body shape: Longer and thinner than a bee, with a narrow waist
Colour: Yellow paper wasps are bright yellow and black; common paper wasps are brown with yellow and black stripes
Antennae: Orange or brown tips

Paper Wasps are often seen hovering around bushes or over lawns. Their back legs dangle down during flight.

Their nests are often seen and are usually above the ground. The nest is a single flat layer of papery honeycomb cells which are usually grey in colour, but often with white capped cells. The nest is usually about the size of a golf ball, but may be as large as a dinner plate. They are usually found under fence capping or roof tiles, under eaves and in dense shrubs, or in hollow steel and piping.

Paper wasps will sting and can sting repeatedly, if you approach the nest during the day.

A householder may treat these wasps themselves, or choose to hire a pest controller.

To treat, locate the nest by following drinking wasps back from water. Spray the nests with flyspray, but only after sundown. Remove and destroy nests the next day once all wasps are dead. Nests left untreated will produce more queens to start new nests the following spring.

For further information regarding wasp control contact the Department of Agriculture on (08) 9368 3333.