Biological control

Biological control of pests, weeds and diseases (pest) is an integral part of a successful Integrated Pest Management plan. Biological control is the management of a pest through the use of their natural enemies (biological control agent). A biological control agent is an organism such as a virus, insect or plant disease. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia:

  • works with landholders and grower/community/biosecurity groups on control.
  • provides diagnostic services and information on prevention, management and treatment.
  • provides biosecurity measures to prevent introduction, and to eradicate or manage current pests.

If you need advice on biological control please search our website or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

Articles

  • 6 January 2017

    The bush fly is a native insect that has affected the lives of Western Australians since before European settlement.

  • 16 January 2017

    Control methods for doublegee (Emex australis) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • 19 February 2016

    Control methods for bellyache bush (Jatropha gossypiifolia) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • 22 February 2016

    Control methods for boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. monilifera) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • 18 January 2017

    Control methods for Paterson’s curse (Echium plantagineum) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • 22 February 2016

    Control methods for lesser jack (Emex spinosa) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • 3 February 2016

    Control method for mesquite (Prosopis species) declared pests in Western Australia. Report the presence of this organism before undertaking a control measure.

  • 18 January 2017

    Control methods for opuntioid cacti, declared pests in Western Australia. Report the presence of this organism if it's legal status is prohibited before undertaking a control measure.

  • 19 October 2015

    Recommendations for the control of declared plants in Western Australia (WA).

  • 18 January 2017

    This article contains useful information about Paterson's curse (Echium plantagineum), how to identify it and biological control agents.