Here the Council can help if you are having trouble with bees, wasps, rabbits, possums, goats or wandering stock.
For Council property, parks and reserves please call us on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wanaka). We will contact a Bee Keeper to have them removed.
On private land:
Wild hives should be removed by a bee keeper or a professional pest control operator (see the Yellow Pages under Pest Control).
Swarms of bees forming on trees or power poles will usually move on within a couple of days without any need for control. If swarms cannot be left to disperse on their own, a professional pest control operator will be able to remove the swarm (see the Yellow Pages under Pest Control).
If you choose to control the swarm yourself, put 1 cup of dish washing detergent mixed with 5 litres of cold water in a garden sprayer and set it to a fine mist. Wearing protective clothing, gently mist the swarm. This will cool the outer bees causing them to drop off the swarm. Continue spraying until the entire swarm has been treated.
Goats wandering on roads or Council land
Please call us immediately on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wanaka). We will send a contractor to have them removed. The Council is not responsible for removing wandering goats on private land.
Rabbits and Possums on Council land
Please call us on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wanaka). We will investigate the request and if required organise a control operation.
Individuals may contact the Council and apply for a permit to lay traps on Council land. There are a lot of rules and regulations around this to ensure public safety. Laying traps on Council land without permission is illegal and dangerous.
Rabbits, Possums and stoats on any other land
Please contact Otago Regional Council for help.
Stock on public roads
If you come across stock wandering on public roads, please call us on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wanaka). We will arrange for an Animal Control Officer to get them to safety.
For Council property, parks and reserves please call us on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wanaka). We will send a Contractor to have them removed.
On private land:
You can purchase various products to poison wasps from the following places:
• The Shotover Garden Centre (Queenstown) phone 03 442 2082.
• Mitre 10 Queenstown phone 03 442 2442.
• The Wanaka Garden Centre phone 03 443 7846.
• Mitre 10 Wanaka phone 03 443 9137.
Or How to use the wasp poison
Poison is supplied in a sachet (good for one average sized nest). Please ensure you wear gloves and a mask when handling the poison.
The best way to use the powder is to pour it into the hole of the nest in the evening when the wasps go to sleep. Or try placing the poison somewhere that the wasps must walk over it. This means that they will carry the poison to the nest themselves.
Feral cats on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. Contact your local vet for assistance – they may be able to lend you a trap.
Please phone 03 441 0499 for urgent requests for service.