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Locust update: Aerial inspections and follow-up inspection to combat central west locust

Central West Local Land Services will be taking to the skies this week to survey the local locust situation.

Local Land Services staff will be flying over areas with high locust activity to identify properties needing on-ground control.

Individual landholder will be then contacted to ensure locusts are managed appropriately.

Central West Local Land Services' current advice to landholders is:

  • inspect their properties closely for locust activity
  • report any activity
  • control locally through ground chemical application, particularly fourth instar nymphs (1.5-2cm)

There have been 76 locust reports in the central west region, with many more unreported outbreaks suspected, according to Senior Biosecurity Officer Rhett Robinson.

"We need landholders to be actively monitoring and managing locusts on their properties," said Mr Robinson.

"As part of the aerial surveying, we will be following up with property visits to individual landholders with unreported locust activity."

Under the Local Land Services Act 2013 landholders have a legal obligation to report any of the three declared plague locust species (Australian Plague, Spur-throated and Migratory locusts) to their Local Land Services office.

Landholders also have an obligation to eradicate locusts on their property. They should report any activity to Local Land Services via phone, email or in person.

The spring locust season has become drawn out with current seasonal conditions.

"We are seeing a very protracted locust hatching season. With current dry seasonal conditions, they are coming out in dribs and drabs," said Mr Robinson.

"We are seeing first instars nymphs on some properties and fourth instar nymphs on others.

"It is fourth instar nymphs that landholders need to start targeting quickly. They have another week or so before they really start spreading out and control becomes more difficult."

Landholders should report any locust activity to their nearest Local Land Services office, call 1300 795 299 or report via our website.

Images available on request: Locust banding south of Dunedoo (Lucas Scales).

Media contact: Rod Campbell (0447 430 160 or rodney.campbell@lls.nsw.gov.au)