Current situation

The Australian Plague Locust population level remains very low over most regions in eastern Australia. A small increase in population numbers was detected in some areas during December, which is usual after the fledging of a spring generation, but overall densities were low. Medium density adults developed in restricted areas of Central West NSW. Habitat conditions also remained dry in most regions during December, but scattered rainfall events in inland NSW, produced a green vegetation response in some regions.

Surveys in the Central West, Far West and Far Southwest regions of NSW recorded only occasional adult locusts in most areas.

More recently (January 2019) low density locusts were identified in the Upper Hunter, Bylong, Dunedoo and Garoo regions. Landholders and LLS staff will continue to monitor these sites over the coming months.

If landholders suspect Australian Plague Locusts they should contact their nearest Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Primary producers and animal carers

Landholders are responsible for reporting locusts and the control of locusts on their land. If locust populations reach agreed treatment criteria, LLS will supply ratepayers with insecticide to treat locusts.

Key contacts

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