Pests

Animal pests, both vertebrates (backbone) and invertebrates (no backbone), can have an adverse impact on agriculture, the natural environment and even our lifestyle. Animal pests may be exotic animals which are introduced, either accidentally or deliberately. Native animals may also be pests in certain situations.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development manages pests in Western Australia through policy development, risk assessment, research and development, provision of technical advice and information, implementation of regulation, emergency response, property inspections, industry liaison, and the planning and coordination of significant species control/eradication programs.

For advice on pests search our website, the Western Australian Organism List or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

For diagnostic services, please contact our Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

Articles

  • Invertebrate pests can cause extensive damage to truffles.

  • Medfly is a declared pest under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007, and is mandatory to control in some areas of Western Australia including Carnarvon, Armadale, Kalamunda

  • This page summarises the main factors to consider when planning or managing a canola crop.

  • Queensland fruit fly is not present in Western Australia, but is occasionally detected and requires an eradication response to contain and prevent further spread.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, together with Recognised Biosecurity Groups and other community groups, is seeking landholder views on controlling wild rabbits and fe

  • Yellow-winged locusts (Gastrimargus musicus) are native insects, distinguished by bright yellow wings, they are 35-50mm in length when mature and make a distinctive clicking noise when fly

  • Every year, at the end of July/beginning of August, volunteer farmers, agronomists and some Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) staff commence weekly pheromone trappin

  • In 2017, the department carried out over 320 trials across the state from Carnarvon in the north to Esperance in the south.

  • Recommendations from a review of the declared pests of Western Australia came into effect on 17 November 2017.

  • Residents in Cloverdale and surrounding suburbs are urged to look out for unusual toads with raised black pimple-like warts after a live animal was recently discovered in a local resident’s yard.

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