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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.