Sticky traps help detect tomato potato psyllid

Sticky traps are being used to help identify the extent of the tomato potato psyllid problem.

YANCHP and Gingin residents can help identify whether the tomato potato psyllid is present within the area by placing a sticky trap on their property.

A sticky trap is a surveillance, which Yanchep News Online understands can be obtained from the Department of Food and Agriculture and some local governments.

The tomato potato psyllid is a destructive insect pest which feeds on a range of plants, including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato.

The majority of tomato potato psyllid detections have been in the metropolitan area, but there have been a small number of detections in regional areas including Gingin, Busselton, Margaret River and Yarloop.

The quarantine area to limit the spread of tomato potato psyllid has extended to include the shires of Gingin, Chittering and Murray.

The City of Wanneroo has been included in the metropolitan quarantine area since the pest was confirmed to be in Perth in February.

Tomato potato psyllid found in Gingin