The annual campaign to stop European wasps gaining a foothold in WA is underway with an increased focus on regional areas in the 2022-2023 season. European wasps look similar to yellow paper wasps but are distinguished by completely black antennae and shorter legs, which they tuck up under their body when they fly.
European house borer
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is asking people to burn dead pine to offset the threat of the European house borer in the south of WA. The European house borer (EHB) has been detected in the Shires of Waroona, Harvey and Dardanup in the past 6 months. Previously, the only known infestations were in the greater Perth area.
Bush walkers and travellers are urged to look out for and report plants with signs of myrtle rust and take precautions when travelling in and out of affected areas to reduce the spread.
Myrtle rust is a serious disease that infects and kills many plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including eucalypts, bottlebrushes, paperbarks and peppermint trees.
Honey and bee products, hives and associated equipment cannot be brought into WA. This is to help safeguard our state’s honey bees from pest and disease threats, such as the Varroa mite which has been found in NSW. WA has strict import conditions, and all bee products must be declared to a Quarantine Inspectors upon arrival at road and airport checkpoints.