Best in pest con­trol

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WA pest con­trol ex­pert Dar­ryl Hardie will be hold­ing a work­shop in Bayswa­ter to con­trol main gar­den pests in­clud­ing fruit flies, wasps, ci­ch­lids and mole crick­ets in Septem­ber.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food WA plant biose­cu­rity act­ing man­ager will be dis­cussing or­ganic and non-or­ganic meth­ods of pest con­trol and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­sects and gar­dens at the City of Bayswa­ter Civic Cen­tre in Mor­ley on Septem­ber 8.

The work­shop is or­gan­ised by En­vi­ron­ment House.

Mr Hardie said while he tried to per­sist with en­vi­ron­men­tal meth­ods where he could, some­times they were not as ef­fec­tive.

“When it comes to in­sects, we won’t ex­ist with­out them but as I put it, there seems to be the good, the bad and the ugly,” he said.

“The bad ones seem to be the ones that at­tack our food crops.”

Mr Hardie said he used to like us­ing eco, sum­mer and pest oils to smother in­sects.

“They are de­signed for in­sects that are slow-mov­ing but the one I like now is the na­tra­soap, which is the potas­sium salts that are fatty acids. They not only smother, be­cause they are like a de­ter­gent,” he said.

He said the tomato and potato ci­ch­lid, cit­rus canker from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and the brown mar­morated stink bug were caus­ing is­sues in gar­dens.

He urged call­ing the Depart­ment’s pest and dis­ease in­for­ma­tion ser­vice on 9368 3080 or down­load­ing the MyPestGuide app for help.

Reg­is­ter at www. eventbrite.com.au/e/fruit­fly-and-gar­den-pest-con­trol­work­shop-tick­ets-47885226000.

Dar­ryl Hardie has tips for keep­ing your crops pest-free.

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