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".

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