Last updated 7 October 2015
2015/16 Locust Season
Australian Plague Locust: Localised activity is expected in the Central West, Northwest and southern Riverina regions during spring and summer. There is likely to be some localised high densities populations with small bands expected in these parts of NSW. Other areas of the State can expect low level activity. The majority of eggs laid during March and April 2015 are still likely to hatch this spring. Most laying occurred in the central areas of the State and commenced hatching in late September in the Central West Local Land Service region. At this stage there is a low risk of more widespread regional infestations developing in spring. Localised ground control operations are expected as locust nymphs start to form bands during October and November 2015.
Spur-throated Locust: There is a widespread medium density population of young adults in regions of inland Queensland. The increase in population this year, compared to recent years, resulted from repeated successful breeding during summer. Some swarm movement and migrations are possible during spring, but only a small number of swarms are likely to affect agricultural areas. There is unlikely to be any significant impact to agriculture in NSW.
Migratory Locust: Some localised activity in QLD. The forecast is that the low level of activity in QLD is unlikely to result in any issues for NSW.
Landholders are responsible for the control of locusts on their land. If locust populations reach agreed treatment criteria, LLS will supply ratepayers with insecticide to treat locusts.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), along with LLS, will advise if any significant locust activity develops.
Further information on the current locust situation is accessible via the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.
Air Operators can contact NSW Rural Fire Service for "Expression of interest for call when needed helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, to support emergency and other operations".
Spur throated locusts
- Spur Throated Locust
- Spur Throated Locust Questions & Answers (FAQs)
- Spur-throated locust information (www.agriculture.gov.au)
- Insecticide questions and answers
- Chemical SDSs, labels and permits
- Spraying locusts with Metarhizium® 86.1 KB
- PROfarm training and accreditation courses for locust spraying
- Locust spray record 12.7 KB
Form that can be used to meet Pesticides Act 1999 chemical recording requirements
- Public land manager spray notification templates
To be used by Public Land Managers under the Pesticides Act and Regulations to meet their notification requirements.
- Game meat harvesting in locust control areas
- Pesticides - a guide to their effects on honey bees
- Pesticides - reducing damage to honey bees
- Controlling plague locusts in dairying areas
- Locusts, grasshoppers and livestock residues (www.safemeat.com.au)
Information on witholding periods and export intervals for locust control insecticides.
- Jen-ell mister user guide 1.0 MB
- Locust sprayer instructions (Stoll spraying equipment) 106.9 KB
- Biology and behaviour of the Australian plague locust
- Plague locust control for the home gardener and nursery areas
- Locusts – egg laying and egg beds
- Locust damage in crops and pastures
- Hatching and control of Australian plague locusts
- The Australian plague locust landholder control strategies for NSW
- The Australian plague locust
Characteristics, lifecycle, damage and control. Download the transcript (62 Kb, DOC).
- Spray mister calibration for plague locusts
A demonstration of how to calibrate a spray mister. Download the transcript (27 Kb, DOC).