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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.
Thrips are small slender insects (1.2mm long by 0.1mm), just visible to the naked eye.
Cockroaches are primitive and highly successful animals and their general body form has changed little in the past 300 million years.
Keeping olive trees well-fed and adequately watered is the best initial defence against pests and diseases, since vigorous trees are better able to withstand attack and less likely to suffer long-t
You’ve probably seen adults stamp their big feet in frustration when they realise bugs have munched through the vegie patch and mould has spoiled their flowers.
Various insects and mites can damage vegetables in home gardens at all stages of growth.
Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples and other pome fruit and has the potential to cause severe crop losses. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.
The swarming process is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bee colonies.
Bees are becoming more of a problem because of the extension of residential areas into native bushland and the increase in the number of swimming pools, which attract bees, particularly in hot weat
Clothes moths, carpet beetles and silverﬁsh can be destructive household pests. This information will help you recognise what they look like and understand their habits and where they live.
Dried fruit and milled cereal products have been subject to insect attack ever since humans began to store food.
Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is a serious horticultural pest in Western Australia. It attacks a range of cultivated fruits and some fruiting vegetables.
Whiteflies or snow flies (Aleyrodidae) are tiny, sap-sucking insects often found on the underside of leaves.
Bananas in the Ord River Irrigation Area face two major insect pests (banana weevil borer and sugarcane bud moth) and two mites (russet and two-spotted).
Pets are most likely to be affected by parasitic pests from spring to autumn.
Citrus gall wasp is a pest of citrus trees grown in backyards and orchards. Citrus tree owners are encouraged to implement control measures on their property to reduce the threat to the citrus indu
Portuguese millipedes (Ommatoiulus moreletii) belong to a group of animals called Myriapoda (meaning many-legged), which also includes several native Australian millipedes and centipedes.
Coastal brown ants (Pheidole megacephala), also called big-headed ants, are a major nuisance ant species in Western Australia. They are an urban pest and are often seen in lawns and in bri
Argentine ants, Linepithema humile, are a major cosmopolitan pest ant species, primarily of the suburbs, which often enter houses in search of food and moisture.