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

  • SnapCard is a combined smartphone and website app, is free and was developed to assist growers and crop consultants to make smarter decisions on when and how to apply pesticides most efficiently.

  • Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) has been successfully eradicated from Perth's Alfred Cove suburb.

  • Adults are 0.6 millimetres long, red-brown with distinctly longer forelegs

    Brown wheat mite is an uncommon sap-sucking pest of cereals that is most active in dry warm weather.

  • There are two toxins available for controlling pest rabbits in Western Australia: 1080 and pindone.

  • Most bait products registered for use on wild dogs in WA use sodium fluoroacetate (1080) as their active ingredient. Landholders have certain obligations under the code of practice for the safe use

  • Feral pigs are the descendants of domestic pigs, which were first brought to Australia by early European colonists.

  • 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.

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

  • Apple looper (Phrissogonus laticostata) is a native insect that damages fruit in apple orchards and vineyards in the South West of Western Australia.

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