Pests and Diseases

Information on pests and pest management.

In this Topic

  • Blueberry rust
    Blueberry rust (Thekopsora minima) is a serious disease of blueberries that causes extensive defoliation on plants with severe infections.
  • Common White Snail
    Common white snail - farmers in Tasmania are asked to keep watch for the common white snail in imported feed grain or around old feedout sites and report any sightings.
  • Crusader Bug
    Information on the Crusader bug including known distribution and help in mapping its distribution.
  • European and English Wasps
    Two species of the exotic wasp genus Vespula occur in Tasmania - the European or German Wasp and the English or Common Wasp.
  • European House Borer
    European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber, including pine, hoop pine, fir and spruce.
  • Fruit Fly
    Fruit flies cause enormous damage to fruit and some vegetable crops around the world. They are unlikely to cause the same damage in Tasmania, but their presence at low levels may impede export trade. It is important for our horticultural industries that we keep fruit fly out of the state.
  • Giant Willow Aphid and Concrete Honey
    Current information on Giant Willow Aphid and Concrete Honey including identification and map of locations.
  • Myrtle Rust
    Up-to-date information on the plant disease myrtle rust; including how to identify the disease, and what to do if you find a plant infected by myrtle rust.
  • Phytophthora
    Phytophthora is an introduced fungus that can pose a significant threat to susceptible plant communities.
  • Ramularia Leaf Spot
    Detection and response to the fungal pathogen, Ramularia collo-cygni or Ramularia leaf spot.
  • Russian Wheat Aphid (RWA)
    Information on Russian Wheat Aphid including detection, history, arrival in Tasmania, identification and management.
  • Tomato potato psyllid
    Tomato-potato psyllid is a serious threat to potato, tomato and capsicum crops. It was first found in Australia near Perth, Western Australia in February 2017 and could spread by wind and trade.
  • Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus
    Testing by DPIPWE has confirmed the presence of Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV) in Tasmania.
Blueberry Anthracnose   (PDF)
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For insect or snail pest identification and advice contact DPIPWE's Entomologist:


Invasive Species Enquiries
Invasive Species Branch
Phone: 03 6165 3777

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550