Spur throated locust spraying guide: non-agricultural applications

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This article provides information on spur-throated locust control in a non-agricultural setting.

Spur throated locusts are identified by the presence of a spur on the underside of the head, it extends between the two front legs

During spring and summer large numbers of locusts can be produced over a large area of the agricultural regions of Western Australia. They also occur throughout the metropolitan landscape. 

Spur-throated locusts can be very mobile and will move to homesteads and rural towns. Because of the concentration of irrigated plants in gardens relative to surrounding areas, locusts can be attracted to gardens and cause damage.

The following products are registered for control of grasshoppers and are readily available from your local nursery or hardware store and rural merchandise suppliers. 

Products registered for grasshopper control.

APVMA* product number


Product name

Active ingredients


Household insecticide

David Grays cricket and grasshopper killer bait



Biological control

Green Guard SC Biological Insecticide

Naturally occurring 
Australian fungus 
(Metarhizium anisopliae 
var. acridum)

*APVMA = Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Remember to always read, follow chemical label directions and wear safety gear.

 Locust control in home gardens:

  • The damage that large numbers of locusts can do to gardens can only be stopped by the use of insecticides.
  • If a swarm of locusts arrives, landowners should act quickly.
  • Nurseries and hardware retailers can supply the small quantities of insecticides for individual home gardens and advise on their safe use.
  • It is important that label directions relating to rates of application of insecticides in gardens are followed.

For further information on locust control in home gardens, contact the Pest and Disease Information Service.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080