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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 by checking your plants for the tiny pest.

Do I have tomato potato psyllid in my garden?

Sticky traps, also known as an insect catcher, are one way to determine whether you may have the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) in your vegetable garden.

Photographs of the psyllid are available on the department’s MyPestGuide, or you can use the MyPestGuide Reporter app to send in your photo for confirmation by one of our expert entomology team. Sticky traps can be covered in a protective cage, or outdoor protector, preventing small birds from getting stuck.

See the video below on how to check your garden.

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 info@agric.wa.gov.au; 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: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 1:05pm