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Locust update: Landholders to mark egg beds in preparation for spring

Landholders are encouraged to mark any known egg beds to prepare for the spring locust campaign.

Although locust activity is slowing with the cold weather, Central West Local Land Services is reminding the community to keep reporting any activity and monitor for laying and hatching.

Local Land Services is currently advising central west landholders to:

  • control any emerging locusts over the coming weeks
  • mark any known beds and talk to Local Land Services staff on monitoring and management.

It is particularly important to mark any unhatched egg beds and talk to Local Land Services, according to Senior Biosecurity Officer Rhett Robinson.

"We've recently found egg beds in the area south of Dunedoo," said Mr Robinson.

"Those eggs will come out in spring, so if you have any laying or known egg beds, please mark them and let us know.

"This way we can check their viability leading up to spring and prepare accordingly."

Both locust movement and their growth have slowed considerably.

"Things are really slowing down, particularly with the colder weather coming in," said Mr Robinson.

"We expect things to ramp up in spring, particularly those eggs laid after mid-march.

"We've seen hatching in the Mollyann region. If you've had any laying before mid-March, you should be getting out and inspecting beds.

"You have plenty of time to get out and control them, so please let us know and control any hatchings over the next few weeks."

Local Land Services is also encouraging farmers to plan their crop protection strategies.

"If you think your crops are going to be impacted by locusts, there are options for perimeter spraying using residual pesticides," said Mr Robinson.

"You will need to talk to your local rural supplier – Local Land Services can only supply contact chemical for locust control."

The weekly locust update is available from

Landholders can report any locust activity through contacting their Local Land Services office, calling 1300 795 299 or visiting

Central West Local Land Services will continue to work with the community to manage locusts.

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