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Pest animal control methods

Pest animal control methods

Updated 30 June 2022 11:45am

To protect our unique environment we use a range of methods in pest control operations. You can use some of these methods on your property, get involved in a predator free group, or contact us if you need advice. 

About poisons and traps

When planning pest control operations, we consider the methods that will achieve best control outcomes with the budget available, while taking into account animal welfare issues for both the target and non-target animals.

These methods include: 

You can find more information on types of traps, and where to get them, on our trapping page

Tips 'n' tricks

1.  Stop attracting pests by putting rubbish in sealed bins and rodent proofing the compost, or use a sealed worm farm.

2.  Work with neighbours to effectively control pests in your area

3.  Don’t stop! The best way to get rid of pests is through ongoing control.

Keeping safe

If you’re in an area where there is a pest control operation underway, then:

  • Don’t touch traps, poison, bait stations or carcasses
  • Keep your dog on a lead and don’t let them scavenge carcasses.
  • Look for signs and follow instructions

For information about risks and safety considerations, see the pages for each method.

If you think a person, dog or cat has eaten poison or poisoned animals then seek medical attention immediately or call the National Poison Centre 0800 764 766.

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