Weeds & Pests

Watch for water hyacinth

A significant water weed has been removed from an Armadale waterway after a member of the public reported a sighting to the Department of Agriculture and Food.

Be wary of weeds spruiked as gardens plants (WA)

People are reminded to be vigilant when buying aquatic plants, after two of Australia’s worst water weeds were recently found for sale.

Department of Agriculture and Food research officer Sandy Lloyd said salvinia had been found for sale online, incorrectly named giant duckweed. 

Long-term DPI data confirms rabbit number increase (VIC)

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has warned of a rapid increase in rabbit numbers across Victoria this summer – and landholders need to act now.

Landowners fined over gorse infestations (VIC)

A number of landowners in the Glenlyon and Lauriston areas have had Infringement Notices issued for failure to control gorse on their properties.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Biosecurity Officer Martin Deering said the landowners were fined because of their inaction in controlling gorse.

Guilty for failing to treat weeds on time

A Kilmore landowner pleaded guilty in the Seymour Magistrates Court in November to a charge of failing to comply with a Land Management Notice to control serrated tussock on his property.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Biosecurity Officer Kate Cunnew said the landowner was ordered to pay a $2000 fine for failing to treat the serrated tussock within the time frame specified on

What weed is that?

The battle to stop the spread of weeds in Queensland received a boost this week with the launch of a new online identification tool to support the Queensland Government’s Flood Recovery Program.

Small farmers can now map feral pests using FeralScan

The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and NSW Department of Primary Industries has launched a number of new websites including, ToadScan, FeralPigScan, FoxScan, ToadScan, RabbitScan. These websites give small farmers the opportunity to map sightings, damage and control of feral pests anywhere in Australia to improve the way pest animals are managed at the landscape level.

Victorian landholder convicted for failing to control rabbits

A Victorian landowner has been convicted, fined $500 and ordered to pay $38,747 in compensation costs to the Department of Primary Industries for failing to control rabbits on his property.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court made the decision after the DPI entered the property and undertook rabbit control works recently.

Integrated pest management (IPM) for small farms – a beginner’s guide

IPM involves the use of biological, cultural and chemical techniques to manage pests. It offers farmers an alternative to conventional practices where chemicals are often used exclusively.

How To Read A Chemical Label

What Information Is Contained On A Chemical Label?

A chemical label contains detailed information regarding the product. The label itself is a legal document, which under legislation, must be adhered to at all times.

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