Conditions perfect for locusts

SOUTH West Queensland and Central Highlands residents are urged to be on the look out for locusts after recent storm activity.

Biosecurity Queensland Officer Graham Hardwick said early rains and warm weather had provided an ideal environment for locust activity and further rain could lead to egg laying.

"Locusts will increase in numbers rapidly over the next couple of months following ideal breeding conditions of green grass and soil moisture," he said.

"Authorities will be monitoring any reported activity, but the community also has an important role to play."

All landholders are encouraged to be on the look out for locust activity on their property and to report sightings to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or direct to the Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) on 1800 635 962.

Mr Hardwick said the APLC would be monitoring areas of the channel country for the emergence of locust nymphs from overwintering eggbeds.

"Early detection is crucial for timely and appropriate measures to be taken to minimise the impact and reduce the risk of a major plague," he said.

"Plague locust species have the ability to cause widespread damage to pastures and summer crops.

"The three main locust species to be on the look out for are the Australian plague locust, spur-throated locust and migratory locust."

For more information on locust control visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.

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