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Pest Control

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Information on animal and pest plants in our district, what we're doing to manage them, and how you can help.

Pest Management Plan Pests on Council Land Pests on Private Property Rabbit Control Subsidised Wasp Traps Stock on Public Roads

Rabbit control operation in Wānaka and Albert Town

We're undertaking a rabbit control operation in Wānaka and Albert Town with Otago Regional Council (ORC), the Department of Conservation (DOC), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and private landowners, starting anytime from Monday July 19.

Pest Management Plan

The Otago Regional Council leads pest control for the area and has developed a Pest Management Plan to target a range of pest plants and animals.   This can be read on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) website:

Pests on Council land

We manage pests on Council owned or managed land.  This includes an annual goat cull, regular broom removal and destroying wasp nests. 

If you come across pests on our land, please let us know.  You can contact us by phone on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wānaka) or online using the link below:

Pests on private property

Property owners are responsible for controlling pests (goats, rabbits, possums, feral cats, broom etc) on their own land.  Guidelines for private property pest management can be found in the Otago Regional Council Pest Management Plan.

QLDC does not carry out rabbit or pest control on private land.

Rabbit control

The key to rabbit control is collaborative work between landowners, and Council actively works in conjunction with neighbouring landowners to support this process.

QLDC manages pests on Council-owned or managed land only and undertakes rabbit control where budget allows. Tools for control in areas of proximity to urban and built-up areas are limited, meaning Council is generally unable to poison or shoot rabbits under these circumstances.

All landowners and occupiers are responsible for carrying out rabbit control on their own land. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) is the regulatory body for pest management in the region, and their Regional Pest Management Plan targets a range of pest plants and animals. Details of the plan can be found here: www.orc.govt.nz/pesthub

If you live in an urban area and have an issue with rabbits, one of the best ways to deter them is to install rabbit-proof fencing.

Subsidised Wasp Traps available

Introduced wasps are a significant pest which harm our native birds and insects, and can be dangerous to humans.

A limited number of Wasp Dome Traps are available to purchase at the subsidised price of $15 each. 

These reusable traps are highly effective and available on a first come, first serve basis.  Wasp lure is not included with the trap, however this can be easily made by combining the following ingredients and placing it inside the trap.

If you’d like to purchase a trap, please contact us by phone on 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0024 (Wānaka) or drop in to your nearest Council office.   

Wasp lure ingredients:

  • 250ml water
  • ¼ cup of Raro ( has to be a bright colour)
  • 2Tbs sugar
  • 4Tbs vinegar

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 (Wānaka). We will arrange for an Animal Control Officer to get them to safety.


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