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Pest animals

Pest animals

Updated 27 July 2015 3:50pm

A wide range of pest animals are present throughout the Wellington region; across our urban gardens and reserves, pastoral farmland and the heavily vegetated Regional Parks.The Greater Wellington Regional Pest Management Strategy 2002-2022 (RPMS) outlines a range of management programmes for the pest species of the region.

Regional surveillance     
Total control


Argentine ant Linepithema humile
Australian subterranean termites Coptotermes acinacoformis
Brown bullhead catfish Ameiurensis nebulosis
Common or German wasp Vespula vulgaris, V. germanica
Darwin's ant Doleromyrma darwinia
Feral and unwanted cats Felis catus
Feral deer Cervus elaphus, Dama dama, C. nippon
Feral goat Capra hircus
Feral pig Sus scrofa
Feral rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus
Ferret Mustela furo
Gambusia Gambusia affinis
Goldfish Carassius auratus
Hare Lepus europaeus occidentalis
House mouse Mus musculus
Koi karp Koi karp Cyprinus carpio
Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen tibicen, G. tibicen hypoleuca
Norway rat Rattus norvegicus
Possum Trichosurus vulpecula
Rainbow lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Rainbow skink Lampropholis delicata
Red-eared slider turtle Trachemys scripta elegans
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Rudd Scardinius erythropthalmus
Ship rat Rattus rattus
Stoat Mustela erminea
Tench Tinca tinca
Weasel Mustela nivalis

Pest Control Planning

Greater Wellington can offer free information and advice on how to control pest animals on your property.

Landcare Research has developed a decision support system for larger landowners and care groups wanting to undertake pest animal control. This framework may help with the planning of control operations for some of the common vertebrate pest species. You can find the website here

Agresearch has also developed a free online tool called pestweb, to assist farmers and agricultural professionals with pest and weed management decision making. You can find the website here

Wellington City Council have produced this useful guide to learn more about encouraging Biodiversity on your property, which includes information on how to control pests.

Pest Detective is a use online tool to help people identify the presence of pest animals.