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Mites of the Tetranychidae family (commonly known as spider mites) include some important pests of economic concern to agriculture and forestry.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has amended the registration of 2,4-D High Volatile Ester (HVE) herbicides.
Various insects, nematodes and mite pests can damage tomato crops in the home garden and nematodes, russet mites and budworms can be especially destructive. The plants can be damaged at all stages
Septoria spot (Septoria citri) is a serious pest of citrus that can affect external fruit quality. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.
Many landholders use compost and animal manure to improve their soil’s structure, texture, aeration, fertility and water-holding capacity.
The bumblebee is familiar to many people who have visited Europe and Tasmania however, this ‘cute’ exotic bee could become a serious pest if it is unwittingly introduced to Western Australia.
Many climbing plants enhance vertical space in the garden, but some can become a serious nuisance for you and your neighbours.
Most individuals presume that they are already weed-aware because of the effort they put into removing weeds from their lawns and flower beds.
The failure of citrus trees to produce a satisfactory crop of fruit even though blossom has been abundant, and the initial set of fruit is apparently normal,
Worm farms are good for the environment as the worms recycle organic waste by converting it into liquid and solid fertilisers. These farms are popular with householders as they are easy to look aft
Nematodes are common soil pests that affect plants.
Thrips are small slender insects (1.2mm long by 0.1mm), just visible to the naked eye.
The most common mite pest of strawberry crops is two-spotted mite (Tetranychus urticae), also known as spider mite or red-spider mite.
Strawberries are affected by a number of pathogens causing crown and/or root rots. These diseases are becoming more prevalent for several reasons including the withdrawal of methyl bromide as a so
Powdery mildew is a disease which is becoming more prevalent in Western Australian strawberry crops as increasing areas are being grown under high (Haygrove) tunnels.
Various insects and mites can damage native plants in home gardens. A description of some of the more important insect pests is given here, together with general methods for control.
If azalea foliage or flowers are being spoiled by lace bug or petal blight, preventative action – taken at the right time of year – can ease the problem.
Cockroaches are primitive and highly successful animals and their general body form has changed little in the past 300 million years.
Bamboos are variable plants which can be shrubs, ground covers or grow to 30m tall.
Many exotic plants from overseas and elsewhere in Australia, escape from properties and invade natural habitats in Western Australia.