Healthy Plants, Healthy Future
Backyard gardeners – make sure you read and follow the label of any chemicals you are using in your garden!
We are staying at home and … Read More
bee, beneficial, chemical, garden, label, pest, pesticide
Protect your patch, Resources
Sticky trap with cage in a citrus tree. Image credit: Kimberley Lamont
Sticky traps are pieces of coloured plastic or cardboard, typically yellow (or sometimes blue) … Read More
bad bugs, beneficial, biosecurity, bug, citrus, detect, garden, good bug, parasitoid wasp, pest, sticky trap, urban, wasp, yellow sticky trap
Gardening tips, Protect your patch, Resources
It’s a really challenging time, with all of us in self-isolation.. Parents are working from home and kids are out of school. Are you struggling to … Read More
ACP, activity, asian citrus psyllid, asian honey bee, bad bugs, bee, BMSB, brown marmorated stink bug, bug, citrus, detect, exotic, garden, glassy-winged sharpshooter, honey, Huanglongbing, kids, pest, pest warrior, psyllid, red imported fire ant, spotted wing drosophila
Resources, What bug is that?
Amegilla cingulata – Blue-banded bee. Image credit: Erica Siegel
If I were to ask you what a native Australian bee looks like, what would you say?
To … Read More
amegilla, bee, honey, native bee, pollination, pollinator, urban, varroa, varroa mite
Citrus trees in backyards and orchards in the USA are being killed by a small bug called the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP). We want to … Read More
ACP, asian citrus psyllid, biosecurity, citrus, exotic, greening, HLB, Huanglongbing, lemon, lime, orange, pest, psyllid
What bug is that?
The tomato potato psyllid (TPP) is a small sap-sucking insect and a serious pest of tomato, potato, chilli, capsicum, eggplant, tamarillo, sweet potato and weeds … Read More
biosecurity, exotic, pest, potato, psyllid, Tomato
Uncategorized, What bug is that?
Urban growth is critically linked to biosecurity risk, however the extent of this risk is not well understood and efforts to engage urban dwellers in … Read More
biosecurity, city, disease, pest, plant, resilient, risk, urban
Protect your patch, Uncategorized
Historically, our country has been protected by its geographic isolation, which means Australia is free today of many of the pests and diseases common to … Read More
biosecurity, detect, disease, incursion, pest
Australia has a world-class biosecurity system and natural barriers that protect us from exotic pests and diseases, which allows our agriculture industries to thrive. But … Read More
biosecurity, city, community, disease, garden, gardener, pest, plant, urban
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an insect that feeds on fruits and vegetables and over winter shelters inside homes and buildings, vehicles, machinery … Read More
biosecurity, BMSB, brown marmorated stink bug, bug, detect, garden, pest, urban
Have you spotted an unusual plant pest or disease?
You can report these to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline -1800 084 881.
Calls within Victoria … Read More
disease, exotic, pest, plant, report
Home, Protect your patch, Resources, What bug is that?, What plant disease is that?, Where to go for help
Citrus gall wasp (Bruchophagus fellis) affects all types of citrus across Australia. The wasp produces lumpy, woody galls around their larvae on branches. The galls … Read More
citrus, gall, garden, lemon, lime, orange, urban, wasp
Uncategorized, What plant disease is that?