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Recent rain sparks warnings for locust hatching in central west NSW

This week's rain around Coonabarabran and other parts of central west NSW will mean locust will soon be hatching en mass.

Local Land Services strongly encourages farmers to monitor their land for locust hatchings, particularly in places with over 20 mm of rain.

The Mallaley area east of Coonabarabran is an area of particular concern according to Invasive Species Team Leader Lisa Thomas.

"We are aware of large scale egg beds in the region – yesterday's rain will likely mean hatchings in the coming week," said Ms Thomas.

"We have staff on site to check egg bed viability. The warm weather and rain will work to steam the drying eggs and increase their survival rate.

"If there is follow up rain, the emerging green growth will further improve their chances of maturing and taking to flight."

The cooler mornings and mixed locust species also mean that locusts will take longer to band. This will make control more difficult.

All locust activity must be reported to Local Land Services to help staff prepare for and manage the emerging locust threat.

Local Land Services is currently advising central west landholders to:

  • monitor for laying (particularly hard bare areas) and inspect for eggs
  • report any locust activity, particularly locusts carrying eggs and laying activity
  • mark any known beds and talk to Local Land Services staff on monitoring and management.

Landholders can report any locust activity through contacting their Local Land Services office, calling 1300 795 299 or visiting www.lls.nsw.gov.au/centralwest

Central West Local Land Services has established a Locust Control Centre to manage the local locust situation.

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

Caption: Andrew Mulligan and Lisa Thomas at the Central West Locust Control Centre. Image available on request.

Media contact:          Rod Campbell, Communications Officer 0447 430 160 or rodney.campbell@lls.nsw.gov.au