Pest insects

Pest insects can have adverse and damaging impacts on agricultural production and market access, the natural environment, and our lifestyle. Pest insects may cause problems by damaging crops and food production, parasitising livestock, or being a nuisance and health hazard to humans.

Western Australia is free from some of the world's major pest insects. Biosecurity measures on your property are vital in preventing the spread of insects.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia provides:

  • biosecurity/quarantine measures at the State border to prevent the entry of pest insects
  • where relevant post border biosecurity measures
  • advice on widespread pest insects present in the State

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

For diagnostic services, please contact our AGWEST Plant Laboratories or Animal Health Laboratories.

Articles

  • 31 July 2017

    Up to date autumn/winter and winter/spring insecticide spray guides are provided by the department every year to help growers and consultants manage insect pests in canola, lupin and cereal crops.

  • 22 September 2017

    The European wasp is considered one of the worst wasps in the world - harmful to people, our outdoor lifestyles and to our horticultural and agricultural industries.

  • 22 June 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food received a report via the MyPestGuide Reporter app in April 2017 of an insect which has been identified as Sycamore lace bug Corythucha ciliata. This

  • 15 May 2017

    Australian meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus gp) are a native ant species.

  • 16 May 2017

    Most members of the public are unaware that ant treatment and control options vary tremendously for homes, gardens, and businesses, depending on the ant species.

  • 13 June 2017

    Aim:

    To provide an update to the Western Australian grains industry on surveillance for Russian wheat aphid (RWA) in WA and effective management should the pest be found in WA.

  • 13 June 2017

    Green peach aphid feeding damage to flowering canola did not cause yield loss

    Canola seed oil content also was not correlated to population density of green peach aphids

  • 31 August 2017

    This series of video tutorials has been produced to provide advice about the best ways to monitor and sample crops to diagnose and overcome constraints to crop production.

  • 3 November 2016

    The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act) allows a rate to be raised for purposes of controlling declared pests in prescribed areas.

  • 14 July 2017

    Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is a wood-boring pest that usually targets deciduous hardwood trees such as elm, willow, poplar, maple and a variety of fruit trees.

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