Yanchep residents asked to control pest with chemicals

The tomato potato psyllid causes significant damage to plants including eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo and sweet potato. Picture: DAFWA

DUE to the big number of metropolitan infestations Yanchep and Gingin residents are no longer required to report suspected detections of the tomato potato psyllid.

Instead the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA wants Yanchep and Gingin residents to undertake control in their gardens in accordance with the options provided by the department on its website.

The department said commercial growers needed to be aware of requirements for movement of produce into regional areas of Western Australia and should check the quarantine and suppression zones detailed on the website.

The department said this was the first time the psyllid had been detected in Australia.

Tomato potato psyllid attacks a range of plants including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli, tamarillo, sweet potato and goji berry and is a significant production pest.

The psyllid has been confirmed mainly in the Perth metropolitan area in commercial and residential properties and retail outlets.

There have also been detections in regional areas.

A Quarantine Area Notice is in place to direct the movement and treatment of specified commercially-produced fruit, vegetables and seedlings to contain and control the pest.

The Control Zone covers the metropolitan area, which includes the shires of Wanneroo in the north and Serpentine-Jarrahdale in the south and Mundaring in the east, as well as the City of Mandurah and the shires of Gingin, Chittering and Murray.

The Suppression Zone includes the shires of August-Margaret River, Beverley, Boddington, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Brookton, Capel, Collie, Dandaragan, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Manjimup, Moora, Nannup, Northam, Toodyay, Victoria Plains and Wandering, and the cities of Bunbury and Busselton.

Sticky traps help detect tomato potato psyllid