The Adelaide Hills region plays host to a number of introduced pests. These pests can spread disease and cause harm to humans and animals.

While Council does undertake the removal of European Wasp nests, we do not deal with or control any of these other common pests found around the home and in the Adelaide Hills area. Contact your local pest control company for further information on how to control and deal with these pests.

Bats, including flying foxes, are native throughout Australia and play an important role in the ecosystem. Grey-headed Flying-Foxes and other bat species can carry a rabies-type infection called Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
Only propery trained and vaccinated people should attempt to handle bats. Any contact with bats requires urgent medical attention.

For more information view the Bat Safety fact sheet or visit

Rats and mice
The Adelaide Hills provide an ideal habitat for rats and mice due to the abundance of vegetation, food and water. You can minimise problems by preventing access to your home or business, removing water and food sources, and using baits and poisons. For more information on controlling rats and mice, refer to our Information Sheet or contact our Environmental Health Unit on (08) 8408 0400.

European wasps
European wasps are an introduced species that can be harmful to humans. They are a distinctive yellow colour, with bright yellow legs. These wasps have nests with a papier mache appearance. If you find a nest, report it to Council, and do not attempt to treat it yourself.

Although the State Government withdrew funding previously allocated to councils for the treatment of European wasp nests, we will continue to deliver this service to our residents.

If you locate a wasp nest please contact us on (08) 8408 0400 with the location of the nest. Nests that are located in inaccessible or dangerous areas will not be treated and you may be required to engage a pest eradication professional.

Mosquitoes breed in water, mainly during the summer months, and can spread harmful diseases. They can be easily controlled by fitting fly screens to all openings to your house, and by ensuring that you don't leave water lying around your property. Visit the SA Health website for more information on controlling mosquitos.​

Problem bees
The Beekeepers' Society of South Australia (BSSA) provides an annual list of members who will collect swarms of bees, as required by members of the public. Visit their website for further information.