Forecasts

Updated: 21 Jan 2021

Seasonal forecast

Australian plague locust: The outlook for the remainder of 2020 is for an increase in overall population level, with widespread medium to high densities possible. It is likely that more swarm formation will occur late in the spring generation and nymphal bands would result in the summer generation from their successful breeding. There is a moderate likelihood of more widespread high-density populations and region-wide infestations developing during late spring and summer.

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 spring or summer 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 spring or summer 2020.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services and the Australian Plague Locust Commission continue to plan,  prepare and monitor for any potential plague locust control program. It is also important that any locust activity be reported as soon as possible to your Local Land Services region.

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