Plague locusts

Plague Locusts hit our region last summer doing a considerable amount of damage to crop and pastures. We are expecting them to make a return this spring.

The Australian Plague Locust Commission has released its forecasted hatching dates for any eggs that were laid during summer and autumn this year.

Plague Locust Hatching Dates

  • For the northern parts of our region (Moree, Warialda and Walgett), hatching is predicted to start from the end of August.
  • For Narrabri, Boggabri, Gunnedah and the Liverpool Plains, hatching is predicted to commence from mid September.

You have an obligation to report and control plague locusts.

It is important hatchings are reported to Local Land Services as soon as you detect them.

Delaying your report could mean that the locusts will develop through their instar stages, lay eggs and build in numbers rapidly resulting is devastating crop and pasture losses.

Local Land Services has chemical available for Landholders to control plague locusts on their land.

Find more information on identifying and controlling Australia plague locusts here.

Plague locusts

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