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Updated 20 October 2022 1:40pm

Managing pest animals and plants is essential to help prevent their spread and damage to our region.

It’s one of the ways we protect te taiao - our environment, our economy, and our communities.  

Controlling pests is a huge job and we need everyone involved. Find out about these pests and what to do.

Pest animals Pest plants

The plan

Find out about the strategic plan for the next 20 years:

Work underway

We have teams of Biosecurity Officers focused on controlling pests in the region’s parks and Key Native Ecosystems. We also work with people to control pests on their properties.

Find out about operations to control pest animals and pest plants, or the latest Biosecurity news.

Download the plan of operational activities for this year.

Practice biosecurity hygiene

Biosecurity hygiene plays an important role in reducing the spread of pest plants and animals. Our field officers spend lots of time visiting multiple properties, so we comply with strict practices to mitigate biosecurity risks.

Do your part to stop the spread of pests by following steps when visiting someone else’s property:

1. Assess the risk:

  • Discuss any biosecurity requirements and risks prior to your visit
  • Arrange to use an on-site farm vehicle if a site is high risk (e.g. a known disease or argentine ants)
  • Be extra cautious when travelling to nurseries, depots, or islands as they pose a high risk

2. Plan your day:

  • If you are visiting more than one property, visit the lowest risk site first and the highest risk site last
  • Assess what you need to take onto each property, including appropriate personal protective equipment for your task

3. Be hygienic:

  • Before visiting a property clean and dry your gear
  • Check your vehicle, equipment and personal protective equipment for dirt or seeds
  • Keep your vehicle away from high risk areas (e.g. stock yards, dairy sheds and weed infestations)
  • Always wash-down your vehicle and any equipment

4. Before leaving:

  • Check your vehicle, boots and gear
  • Wash-down in an appropriate area

Biosecurity hygiene for pest plants

Biosecurity hygiene for pest animals