Biosecurity alert - Russian wheat aphid

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PestFax reporter app user guide


The PestFax app has been purpose built for quick in-paddock reporting of cropping pests and diseases to the PestFax newsletter service.

The PestFax app can be used to report the presence and absence of Russian Wheat Aphid and other ‘regular’ aphids.


An update of the PestFax app for iPhones is now available from the Apple store. All current users will be notified of the update. The previous version did not include Russian wheat aphid in the list of aphids.


Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Signing in

When you first open the PestFax app you will be asked for permission to access your location. Please choose “Allow”.

The app will ask you to enter your name, email address and contact phone number. The app will remember this information, and you can change it later if you wish.

Making a report

  • Click “Host Plant”, “Cereal”, and “Wheat” (or other crop)
  • Click “Problem”, “Plant Pest”, “Aphid”. You can then select what type of aphid ie. “Russian Wheat Aphid” “Corn Aphid”, “Oat Aphid”, or “Aphid - Other/Unknown”
  • Click “Severity of Problem”. Select “None Found” or other Severity type if aphids are present.
  • Scroll down
  • If any type of aphid is present click “Take Photo”,  take a photo, and click “Use Photo”
  • Click “Send Report”
  • The next time you make a report, the app will remember all of your selections. If nothing has changed just click “Send Report”, or make any changes and click “Send Report”.
  • You can add information on “Host Variety”, “Host Growth Stage” or add any “Comment” if you wish but this is not necessary. 

You can also request a call or an email reply from a DAFWA expert if you require more information.

The app will always report your current location.

If you are out of mobile range your reports will be sent as soon as you are in range.

For more information contact Art Diggle, DAFWA senior research officer on +61 (0)8 9368 3563 or Fumie Horiuchi, DAFWA technical officer on +61 (0)8 9368 3991.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080
Page last updated: Friday, 31 March 2017 - 1:00pm


Cameron Brumley