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Farmers asked to check locust beds and report in 2015 spring campaign

Locust update video

Summary

Central west NSW farmers are asked to check for locust activity, particularly bare soil like roadsides and contour banks.

Local Land Services is asking landholders to inspect their land in preparation for the 2015 spring locust campaign. There have been scattered reports of hatchings so far, with activity focusing around Elong, Coolah, Tambar Springs, Mullally, Coonabarabran and Mendooran.

While landholders should wait until locusts begin banding to control, early reporting will allow Local Land Services to issue chemical and advice beforehand.

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

  • monitor for hatchings
  • dig known egg beds and areas of bare soil to inspect
  • report activity and prepare for control during banding.

Chemical and advice is available to help landholders control locust.

When receiving chemical for locust control, landholders will need to ensure there is someone on the property with a current chemical user card (AQF3).

The main area of concern centres around the Mollyan area, according to Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer Rhett Robinson.

"We recently checked properties around Mollyan to find extensive egg beds throughout the area," said Mr Robinson.

"Locusts will lay their eggs on bare areas, particularly along roadsides. On one property, we found egg beds pretty much anywhere we dug.

"We need landholders to get out to inspect and report any activity."

The warmer weather has brought on hatchings over the last week. Some banding is starting to occur from the season's initial hatching.

"Most of what we are seeing is the first instar stage, which have not yet banded," said Mr Robinson.

"I saw my first lot of second instar in Elong last week. These were banding together – the prime time to control before they take flight."

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

ENDS

Media contact:  Rod Campbell (0447 430 160 or rodney.campbell@lls.nsw.gov.au)
                              Brooke Nicholson (6850 1605 or brooke.nicholson@lls.nsw.gov.au)