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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
There are many hundreds of species of spiders in Australia which play a beneficial role in our environment by eating insect pests.
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.
DDLS Seed Testing and Certification is responsible for administering the industry seed potato production schemes 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
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
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).
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.