Tack­ling the pests

Hastings Leader - - News -

Keep­ing Te Mata Park in a healthy con­di­tion means the an­nual pest con­trol work will be done dur­ing Novem­ber to re­duce the num­ber of pos­sums and rats in the park.

These pests kill na­tive birds and lizards in the park, while pos­sums also dam­age trees.

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil is man­ag­ing the con­tract, which is be­ing car­ried out by ap­proved con­trac­tors, Cen­tral Dis­tricts Pest Con­trol Ltd.

Pub­lic safety is a pri­or­ity with this an­nual op­er­a­tion, which uses the same con­trol meth­ods used in pre­vi­ous years, and that are used in parks and pri­vate gar­dens. Bait sta­tions will be placed high up in trees out of reach of dogs and chil­dren, and warn­ing no­tices will be posted at all en­trances to the park.

Dur­ing Novem­ber, chil­dren should not be al­lowed to wan­der in the park un­su­per­vised, and dog own­ers should not let their pets wan­der in the park. Keep­ing dogs on a leash within the park is ad­vis­able so they aren’t able to scav­enge.

■ For ques­tions about Te Mata Park con­trol pro­gramme, con­tact Cen­tral Dis­tricts Pest Con­trol Ltd, (06) 836-5590 or 027 576 0776.

A con­trac­tor sets a trap in Te Mata Park to help with pest con­trol.

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