Who wants to be a Pest Warrior? At the Urban Plant Health Network we’re hoping ALL of you will want to be one!
Read our Pest Warrior comic and find out how…
So just what does it mean to be a Pest Warrior?
It means that you will be on the lookout for some particularly “bad bugs” in your backyard. If you do see one, make sure you report it through the MyPestGuide app or website, making sure you choose “My Pest Guide” in the “Send report to:” field.
These particularly BAD guys haven’t hitchiked their way to Melbourne yet, and we want to keep it that way:
- Brown marmorated stink bug – these exotic stink bugs eat EVERYTHING!
- Asian honey bee – this nasty exotic bee is a carrier of varroa mites which infest hives and cause bee decline and death.
- Glassy-winged sharpshooter – this exotic bad guy is a carrier of Xylella fastidiosa which stops plants from being able to carry water through their stems and leaves, leaving them to dry out and die.
- Red imported fire ants – these exotic ants like to eat native insects, earthworms, ticks and spiders and can inflict painful stings on people and pets. They have caused real problems in Queensland.
- Spotted wing drosophila – this nasty exotic fruit fly particularly likes berries and cherries and ruins the fruit while it’s ripening.
- Asian citrus psyllid – this bad guy spreads a disease called huanglongbing (HLB) which is an incurable disease of all citrus trees.
For more fun activities and to learn more about these guys, check out our Activity Booklet as well.