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).


  • Not all insects and pathogens are harmful to plants in the garden, many are beneficial and feed on other organisms and prevent them from becoming pests. 

  • When the garden suffers a severe disease or an insect infestation, it is tempting to seek a quick fix by turning to synthetic chemicals.

  • Bindii weed, onehunga (pronounced oh-nee-hunga after a New Zealand Maori place name) and jo-jo are alternative names for a troublesome lawn weed (Soliva pterosperma) which is now widesprea

  • This article provides information on control options for rabbits in urban and semi-urban areas in Western Australia.

  • This article describes the use of fencing to protect crops and pasture from rabbits in bush remnants.

  • This article provides information about rabbit warren and harbourage destruction.

  • This article provides information on using fumigation for rabbit control.

  • This article provides information on using bait stations for rabbit control.

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

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

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