Pest Control

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

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.

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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