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Animal pests

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Animal pests in the Waikato region

Animal pests threaten our region's native ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands, including the plants, birds, insects and other wildlife that live in them. Many animal pests are also a nuisance to farmers, in suburban gardens and businesses.  Pest fish also affect our waterways, such as lakes and rivers. It's important that we control animal pests and stop them from spreading. Find out about animal pests, or classes of pests, managed in the Waikato region.

Waikato Regional Council carries out specific direct control work (using accredited contractors) to:

  • enhance native vegetation on private land
  • reduce the economic effects of pests, for example,when rooks eat newly sprouting maize crops.
  • maintain the gains of previous Animal Health Board operation areas.

In most cases, responsibility for animal pest control lies with the land owner/occupier.

Animal pests in our Regional Pest Management Plan

The following animal pests are included in the Regional Pest Management Plan.  Policy and control information is available via these links, and where indicated factsheets available in hard copy:

Information about other animal pests is available in the Regional Pest Management Strategy 2008-2013 (RPMS):

A surveillance threat to the Waikato Region includes the Rainbow Skink.

How to get practical advice

Waikato Regional Council staff, and a contractor based in the Coromandel/Hauraki area, can provide practical advice on how to control pests.  Find out their contact details - Biosecurity Animal Pest Staff and Contractor.

Planning a pest control operation? Want to know how to go about it? A new tool developed by Landcare  Research may be the best place to start.  The Vertebrate Pest Control Decision Support System (DSS) provides the most appropriate control options in a particular locality.

Animal pest control operation updates in your area

Find out about our current Priority Possum Control Area operations (PPCA) here

Further information

The animal section of the Waikato Regional Council pest guide is designed as a quick reference guide to pests in the Waikato region detailing which animals are declared pests and why. It also explains your obligations as a land occupier to manage pests, and the types of direct control that can be used on each pest. Pest animal guide

Our Regional Pest Management Plan contains more information on the control of animal pests in the Waikato region.

You can order or download hard copies of animal pest factsheets from this site.

Call our Freephone 0800 800 401 or contact us for further information.