Biose­cu­rity sci­en­tists

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

PANTRIES could be on the front­line of WA’s biose­cu­rity blitz with the com­mu­nity en­cour­aged to join the sec­ond an­nual Pantry Blitz.

Hosted by Agri­cul­ture and Food at the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional Devel­op­ment, peo­ple are asked to help un­cover ex­otic pests hid­ing in kitchen cup­boards.

Start­ing from Au­gust 12 to cor­re­spond with the start of Sci­ence Week, peo­ple reg­is­tered for the Pantry Blitz will re­ceive a free trap for their kitchen pantry or cup­board for a one month pe­riod.

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to pho­to­graph any in­sects that are trapped and send the pho­to­graphs to the depart­ment each week over the four weeks, us­ing the MyPestGuide Re­porter app.

Agri­cul­ture and Food en­to­mol­o­gists will then iden­tify the in­sects and re­port back.

To be in­volved, search ‘Pantry Blitz’ at www.agric.wa.gov.au.

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