Snap a bug for biosecurity blitz
For all those budding scientists out there, it’s time to get snapping, trapping and investigating.
The Biosecurity Blitz is an annual event and runs until November 16.
It is an opportunity to join in and help discover as many interesting or damaging pests as possible across Western Australia over a month. Your participation in reporting bugs, diseases, insects, weeds and aquatic pests all goes towards helping to protect Western Australia’s agri-food industries and the natural environment from harmful exotic pests. It’s great to get the whole family involved, kids love it.
The aim of the Biosecurity Blitz is to collect as much information as we can over a short period to get a snapshot of the presence or absence of pests across the State. A report of any organism counts so just get out there and make reports.
As part of Biosecurity Blitz 2018, the department is holding its first-ever School Challenge.
The School Challenge is a great opportunity for students to get outside and undertake their own biosecurity surveillance. This activity-based challenge engages with schools and parents and encourages students to collaborate with others to build and extend their local pest reporting community.
To participate, get outside and
report pests to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) using one of these mobile apps: MyPestGuide Reporter, PestFax Reporter or WA PestWatch. If you don’t have a smartphone there are online portals for each app.
The information collected will help all of our growers limit the possibility of new pests and
diseases affecting their crops and protect their income and overseas markets. Early detection may ensure more effective control.
It’s also a great way to learn more about the biodiversity of what lives in your neighbourhood. The feedback gives facts about life cycles of insects, how pathogens spread and why weeds flourish better than garden plants.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development officers Laura Fagan and Rosalie McCauley, with Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, centre, get behind Biosecurity Blitz.
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