Last updated 11 May 2015

2014/15 Locust Season

During February and March, swarms have been reported in the Warren, Gilgandra and Coonamble areas of the Central West. Landholders should be reporting swarms to their Local Land Services (LLS) and monitoring for any egg laying.

During the first week of March, storms disbursed swarms into other parts of the Central west, Riverina and Central and Northern tablelands including Quandialla, Orange, Mudgee and Armidale.

Nymphs hatching during March or April pose a threat to winter crops and pastures. It is important that landholders report nymphs and undertake control when nymphs start to band.

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.

There is a low risk of significant or widespread populations of the Spur-throated Locust and Migratory Locust in NSW.

Further information on the current locust situation is accessible via the Australian Government Department of Agriculture website which can be found at


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".

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Report locust activity - NSW:Call your Local Land Services
1300 795 299