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).


  • Control methods for Mimosa (Mimosa pigra) a declared pest in Western Australia. Report the presence of this organism before undertaking a control measure.

  • Control methods for serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma) a declared pest in Western Australia. Report the presence of this organism before undertaking a control measure.

  • No treatment in this trial effectively repelled small conical snails.

    No treatment caused significant mortality of conical snails over 21 days when compared to the nil treatment.

  • Annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is the main host for the seed-gall nematode Anguina funesta.

  • Following the extended dry conditions this autumn, weeds are now emerging and becoming a challenge for growers to manage in paddocks that may have patchy crops, crops with staggered emergence or no

  • Integrated weed management (IWM) is a system for managing weeds over the long term, and is particularly useful for managing and minimising herbicide resistance.

  • Testing for herbicide susceptibility allows you to determine what herbicide options are still available to control weeds on your farm.

  • Control methods for sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia) a declared pest in Western Australia.

  • Tank-mixing pesticides is a routine procedure which can reduce the cost of application, enhance the activity of certain products, and widen the range of treatments in a single application.

  • Calibration is the process of calculating the volume of a carrier (such as water) applied over a given area.

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