Pest Control

Overview

The Town of Cambridge is responsible for the control of pests in town managed buildings and in public areas such as parks.

If you experience problems with pests on your property there are many reputable pest control products available on the market.  If the problem persists, contact a licensed pest control operator.

Rats & Mice

Rats and mice can be serious pests.  They can carry disease, can eat and damage fruit and other crops in the garden and, if they find their way inside, can contaminate food and utensils.

Signs you may have an infestation of rats or mice
  • Droppings (12mm to 18mm long)
  • Debris such as snail shells or fruits with the sides eaten out
  • Signs of gnawing damage
  • pet dogs, cats and birds being more excitable than usual
  • squeaking, gnawing or scratching noises in walls, cupboards, ceilings and under floors
Discouraging rats

Rats can be discouraged and controlled by simply denying them food and shelter. 

  • Store firewood away from the sides of sheds and fences and keep it well clear (45cm) off the ground
  • Regularly remove or limit garden waste or other disused material in sheds or around your yard
  • Remove fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season
  • Block holes and other potential access points around all buildings
  • Store bird seed and chicken feed in an airtight container
  • Keep pet food dishes clean and store bulk pet food supplies in containers and locations where rats cannot enter or chew through
  • Maintain rubbish and compost bins free from holes
  • Do not include meat scraps in compost
How to destroy rats on your property

Poison baits are the most successful way to destroy rats and, upon request, the Town will supply rat poison 'Bromakill' free of charge to residents.

 Collect a free Bromokill pack

Town of Cambridge
Administration Centre
1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

The Boulevard Centre
99 The Boulevard, Floreat
(below Cambridge Library)

Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm

Always read the instructions carefully an make sure children and pets cannot reach them.

Check baits regularly and replace them if they have been eaten.  If you are dealing with a large rat problem you may initially need to check and replace baits daily.  A rat can eat a whole box of rat bait in one night.

Traps are another way to control rats.  The old-fashioned spring back-break trap is the best trap for home use.  Try different types of bait including:

  • bacon
  • nuts
  • fish
  • peanut butter
  • apple
  • pumpkin seed
  • sausage

For more information call our Environmental Health team on 9347 6000 or visit the Department of Health website.

Midges

Midges are small non-biting insects.  They are not a threat to public health, however can cause a nuisance to residents living near wetlands such as Lake Monger.

An increase in midge numbers can occur following unseasonal heavy rainfall and high day time temperatures.

The Town does not use chemicals to control midges. A variety of natural solutions have been successfully introduced at Lake Monger to control midge numbers.

How to minimise midge nuisance in your home
  • reduce external lighting in homes at night
  • use yellow globes in outdoor lighting
  • install fly screens to all windows and doors
  • seal all gaps around doors and windows
  • apply a pyrethrum insecticide on door and window surrounds, on walls and under eaves
  • use electronic insect traps
  • minimise the use of garden fertiliser
  • screen light from your property by planting local native screening plants in the garden
  • discharge household wastewater correctly
  • use nutrient free detergents
  • reduce run-off by washing cars on the lawn

Bees

Bees are an integral part of the ecosystem, however can be a nuisance if they swarm or establish a hive on your property.

If there is a swarm of bees on your property please contact a local bee removal service or pest controller.

If you see a swarm or hive of bees on council property please call us on 9347 6000.

If you would like to keep bees please contact us on 9347 6000. See the Animals Local Law 2016(PDF, 327KB) for more details.

Other Pests

Ants

A major nuisance ant in Western Australia is the coastal brown ant which are often seen in lawns and in brick paving. 

Control procedures for a particular ant specie and may not be effective for other ant species so it is recommended pest ants be identified before attempting control measures.

The Department of Agriculture offers a free identification service.  To access the service visit the Department of Agriculture website.

Mosquitoes

As well as being a nuisance, some species of mosquito carry viruses such as Ross River Virus and Barman Forest Virus.

There are simple preventative measures you can take to help reduce mosquito numbers and protect yourself from mosquito bite.

Prevent breeding around your home

  • Remove all stagnant water sources, such as pot plant bases, blocked gutters or containers
  • Keep fish ponds stocked with fish
  • Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated or completely empty if not in use
  • Scrub out bird baths and fountains and refill weekly
  • Screen rainwater tanks
  • Cut back foliage which may harbour mosquitoes

Protect your home

  • Ensure fly screens on doors and windows are kept in good condition
  • Ensure septic tank lids are sealed
  • Ensure sewerage vent pipes have a mosquito-proof cowl
  • Cover rainwater tank inlets and overflow pipes with fly screens

Personal protection

  • Avoid exposure outdoors at dawn and early evenings
  • Wear loose-fitting, long clothing outdoors
  • Use a suitable personal insect repellent
Portuguese Millipedes

Although not harmful to humans or animals, Portuguese millipedes can be a significant domestic nuisance when they invade homes and gardens in their thousands.

Information on Portuguese millipede control is available on the Department of Agriculture website, or contact our Environmental Health team on 9347 6000.