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If you grow potato, tomato, capsicum, eggplant, chilli, tamarillo, goji berry or sweet potato plants in your garden, you can help combat the Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) by checking your plants for the tiny insect pest.

Do I have Tomato potato psyllid in my garden?

Installing sticky traps in your garden is one way to determine whether you may have TPP in your vegetable garden. You can cover the sticky trap with a protective cage to prevent wildlife from becoming attached.

Photographs of TPP are available on the department’s MyPestGuide, or you can use the MyPestGuideReporter app to send in your photo for confirmation by one of our expert entomology team.

See the video below on how to check your garden and use the app. 

What to do if you live outside the Perth metropolitan area 

If you live outside the Perth metropolitan area and grow potato, tomato, eggplant, chilli, capsicum, goji berry, tamarillo or sweet potato, you should check your plants for the Tomato potato psyllid.

If you see suspect signs of Tomato potato psyllid or the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso):

  • send a photo to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development via the MyPestGuide Reporter app available from the Google Play or Apple store.
  • email photos with your name, address and mobile number to; or
  • call the Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881.

Please do NOT spray or destroy the suspected pest. All suspect signs of tomato potato psyllid and CLso will be investigated.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 11:01am