Pest animals and weeds
Southland is a stunning place to live with a variety of landscapes that are, or could become, affected by pests and weeds.
Many weeds have been brought into New Zealand as garden plants, but have escaped into the wild where they grow and spread. Once these weeds become established in natural landscapes their removal can be costly and time-consuming.
Pest animals are usually species that have been introduced to the New Zealand environment. They can have serious adverse impacts on the regional economy, environment and biodiversity.
With the exception of rooks and exclusion species, pest animal control is generally the landowner's responsibility.
Our approach is to minimise the impacts pest animals have across property boundaries and within areas of high value. Our staff can provide information and advice to assist landowners in choosing appropriate best practice control methods, or in contacting a commercial pest control provider.
Environment Southland does not provide a control service for wasps, bees or flies but can suggest either pest control contractors from the yellow pages or beekeepers as an option for bee swarm or potential wasp nest removal. Please refer to the Southland Bee Society for bee swarms.