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BANJUP RESIDENTS GROUP (Inc.)

Rural Residents Must Be Heard !!

Feral Animal Control

The City of Cockburn environmental officer can advise on control of foxes and rabbits on Banjup propoerties. He can be contacted at:

Adam Harris | Environmental Officer

City of Cockburn

Phone: 9411 3584

Mobile: 0417 524 879

Email: adamh@cockburn.wa.gov.au

 

The City of Cockburn has contracted Steve Edwards to control feral animals in its reserves in Banjup. Steve is available at a fee to remove feral animals from single or groups of private properties in Banjup. He can be contacted at:

Steve Edwards

Wild Things Animal Control Solutions

Phone: 0403 933 077

Email: s.edwards@animalsolutions.net.au

 

Portuguese Millipedes

 

Millipedes are a real nuisance for Banjup property owners. Their defence is their pungent taste and smell, especially when you tread on them! They have no natural predators in Australia. At the change of the seasons they come out of the ground, where they can live at up to one metre deep, and try to find a warm damp place to ride out the coming season. They are particularly attracted to light and to water, which is why they invade our houses and pools.

If they do get inside your home, they quickly die because it is generally far drier indoors than their natural habitat. All the same, it is unpleasant to have to sweep up hundreds of tiny smelly bodies every morning.

Both the City of Cockburn and the state Department of Agriculture have information sheets about millipedes. You can download Cockburn’s here and Ag’s here.

In Australia, products containing bendiocarb are typically used to control millipedes. This product is sold in most hardware stores under such names as Ficam, Dycarb, Garvox, Turcam, Niomil, Seedox, or Tattoo.

Some Banjup residents report good results from using permethrin products, such as Coopex, again available at most hardware stores.

Neither of these compounds is without risk, sometimes severe. The BRG recommends neither. Rely on your own research before using either. Follow the links indicated for essential preliminary reading.

However, a low risk control method can be deployed by many Banjup residents. This is a millipede trap made from a plant pot saucer, some wood off-cuts, and a cheap solar light. The completed product is shown in this self explanatory photograph provided by a Banjup resident.

 

Place 6 or 8 such traps around your house, about 10 metres from your walls. Fill the saucers with water in the evening and in the morning dispose of hundreds of millipedes that will have drowned in them. Hopefully, only a few will have found your house more attractive!