Control methods

Pests, weeds and diseases (pests) pose serious risk for primary producers as they can impact on market access and agricultural production. Pest control is best achieved with an Integrated Pest Management plan using a range of biological, chemical, mechanical, physical or cultural control methods.

To reduce the impacts of pests, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development:

  • 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.

For advice on control methods search our website or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).


  • Under the BAM Act, landholders - landowners and occupiers - are responsible for the control of foxes, wild dogs, feral pigs, rabbits and emus on their properties.

  • This article gives instructions for using poison baits and outlines other ways of maximising the number of baits taken by foxes.

  • Seed dressing and in-furrow fungicides contain active ingredients for the control or suppression of seed-borne diseases and some fungal root rots in canola.

  • Western Australia has laws to control chemical use on trade animals. These laws protect people, animals and the environment from harm.

  • Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an increasing range of infections in humans and animals caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses.

  • Control methods for Lagarosiphon (Lagarosiphon species) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • Control methods for ivy gourd (Coccinia grandis) a declared pest in Western Australia. Report the presence of this organism before undertaking a control measure.

  • Control methods for Hymenachne (Hymenachne amplexicaulis) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • Control method for Harrisia cactus (Harrissia martinii) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • Control methods for golden dodder (Cuscuta campestris) a declared pest in Western Australia.

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