Wildlife and Pests

Sugar Glider. Photo: Ian Moodie


Most mosquito species develop quickly in warmer conditions, so the combination of heavy rains and increasing temperatures as we approach summer provides mozzies with the ideal conditions for their populations to boom.

Read more: Mosquitoes

Swooping Birds

During spring, birds begin swooping people to protect their nests during breeding season. While swooping birds can be alarming, not all birds display this behaviour. For more information, please visit our Swooping Birds page.


Visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website. 

Indian Myna

The Indian or Common Myna is an introduced pest bird and their population is spreading rapidly. For more information, please see our Indian Myna page.

Fruit bats (Flying foxes)

You might find fruits bat in fruit trees in your garden but do not touch them, as they may carry disease. Please contact the South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter: Michelle Phillips on 0411 600 591.

For more information, see the Wildlife Victoria website.


The best way to kill wasps is to destroy the nests.

It is your responsibility to destroy wasp nests on your property. You can use professional pest controllers or you can do it yourself.

For more information, please visit our page on Controlling European Wasps.


If the bees are on private land, contact a bee removalist for help.

If the bees are on Council land, please contact us on 9518 3777.


If you have mice or rats on your property, please see the RSPCA's information on controlling rats and mice.

If there are mice or rats on your neighbour's property, you can discuss with your neighbour or contact our Public Health Unit and an officer will visit your neighbour to advise them.

Injured Wildlife

If you find injured wildlife like possums or birds, please contact the South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter: Michelle Phillips on 0411 600 591.

Impacts of Feeding Birds

Monash attacts a variety of birds and animals to open spaces including parks, bushland reserves, road verges and wildlife gardens - please respect the wild nature of birds and keep them healthy by not feeding or handling them. Find more information here: Impacts of feeding birds.  

Contact Us

For other advice on wildlife and pests, please call Council's Animal Management team on 9518 3555.