The tropical dry season

Many exotic insect pests, not established in Western Australia (WA), are expert stowaways!

These destructive pests love to hide and ride and can cross our borders undetected in shipping containers and freight, as well as anything imported.

American serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza trifolii) is a tiny fly whose larvae damages plants by tunnelling (mining) through leaf tissue. 

The following import conditions for entry of cattle into Western Australia will apply from 1 July 2021.

To prevent the spread of small hive beetle (SHB) within Western Australia, the movement of commercial honey, bees, apiary products and beekeeping equipment from the Kimberley region to other areas of the state, which are free of small hive beetle, is subject to strict quarantine conditions.

Banana spotting bugs are an impediment to the commercial production of most fruit trees including mangoes. The bugs are difficult to detect on the tree and can cause major and frequent damage.

Ehrlichiosis is a disease of dogs that occurs when a brown dog tick infected with the bacteria, Ehrlichia canis (E. canis), bites a dog. Dogs do not directly transmit the disease to each other. The disease is maintained by a cycle of transmission between ticks and dogs.

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that occurs in dogs, caused by either the bacteria Anaplasma platys or A. phagocytophila.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has created a sampling and post-mortem guide to assist veterinarians investigating pig disease. 

The fall armyworm moth (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a plant pest that can damage a wide variety of crops. Early detection and reporting of fall armyworm will help protect Western Australian plant industries and the environment.

Traditionally, agriculture in the Western Australian rangelands has predominantly relied on grazing stock on native vegetation, with some irrigation precincts around Carnarvon and on the Ord River near Kununurra.

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