Key messages

  • The department's Pest Control Program has produced information for the general public on pesticide use in Victoria.
  • Pest control operators are encouraged to provide copies of these publications to their clients to promote discussion about treatment options and safety precautions.
  • Guidance is available about choosing a pest control operator, commercial pesticides, household pesticides and methyl bromide.

The department's Pest Control Program has produced information for the general public on pesticide use in Victoria.

Pest control operators are encouraged to provide copies of these publications to their clients to promote discussion about treatment options and safety precautions. The publications described here can be downloaded from this page.

Are you thinking of using a pest control service? 

It is an offence to use pesticides for commercial gain in Victoria unless a person holds a Victorian pest control licence. This brochure is designed to assist the community when selecting pest control services. It provides an example of what a pest control licence looks like, and includes checklists and contacts for further details.

Commercial pesticides – safety in the home

Pesticides are substances used to manage pests. They are toxic and, if used carelessly, they may damage the health of the person applying the pesticide, the health of other people in the community and the environment. This brochure is designed to better inform Victorians of the risks involved and the safety precautions that can be taken to minimise exposure to these substances when using a commercial pest control service.

Household pesticides

Despite being readily available, household pesticides may be toxic and should be used with care. This brochure provides information regarding the application of household pesticides, their storage and disposal, and interpretation of pesticide labels. It also describes non-chemical methods of preventing pests from becoming a problem and emphasises the importance of correct pest identification.

Methyl bromide use in Victoria – community factsheet

Methyl bromide (MeBr) is an odourless, colourless gas used as a fumigant pesticide for the control of a wide variety of pests including insects, spiders, mites, snails and rodents. The only use of methyl bromide in Australia is for soil treatment for strawberry runner production and the fumigation of items to be imported or exported to prevent the transportation of harmful organisms. This information sheet aims to outline the regulatory controls in place in the State of Victoria which are designed to protect public health in relation to the use of methyl bromide for quarantine purposes.

Contact details

  • Pest Control Program

    Phone hours are: 9 am to 12 pm, Monday to Friday. Direct all other enquiries to the pest control email address. Postal address: GPO Box 4057, Melbourne VIC 3001