Forecasts

Seasonal forecast

Australian plague locust: The spring 2020 outlook is for low-density nymphs to develop in several regions of NSW, with medium and locally high densities possible in parts of Central West, Far West, Riverina and the Northwest Plains. Most hatchings in those regions will occur during September. Summer breeding has produced moderate population increases from low background levels, and a further generation of successful breeding could allow populations to increase to widespread high densities if they remained unchecked and control is not planned for and carried out.

Spur-throated locust: With no adults or nymphs reported in NSW during 2020 to date, there is a low risk of a widespread infestation developing during the remainder of autumn or spring 2020.

Migratory locust: With no adults or nymphs reported in NSW during 2020 to date, there is a low risk of a widespread infestation developing during the remainder of autumn or spring 2020.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services and the Australian Plague Locust Commission continue to plan and prepare for any potential plague locust control program.

Further information on the current situation is accessible from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Key contacts

Reporting emergenciesTelephone
Australian Plague Locust Commission1800 635 962
Local Land Services (LLS) 1300 795 299