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Red Dwarf Honey Bees 

A Quarantine Area has been declared for the Burrup Peninsula in the Pilbara (see map) to support a biosecurity response to eradicate Red dwarf honey bee. 

Red dwarf honey bees and the parasitic mites which they may carry are native to South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia. Unfortunately there have been red dwarf honey bee detections in Dampier and Karratha this year. 

Queensland Fruit Fly

As was reported in the PHBG winter 2023 newsletter, DPIRD is working to stop the spread of the significant invasive pest, Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), after a confirmed detection in Bayswater.

As at 15th August 2023, a quarantine area is still declared covering 15km radius around the suburbs of Bayswater and Belmont. Read the full article to see what areas are affected by the restrictions and learn more about this serious pest.

Any sightings should be reported to Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
Phone +61 (0)8 9368 3080

 Feral deer - what to do about rising numbers? 

This article from the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions cites the annual economic impact from feral deer to be around $90 million, and outlines the research, development and engagement underway at a national level to tackle feral deer.