More locusts hatch in Australia

Aerial surveillance in the western region has detected more bands of locusts in the Nyngan district during the weekend.

More than 400 bands have been confirmed in the Central West, Lachlan and Darling Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) areas so far.

The LHPA says more hatchings are also being reported further east as the warmer weather triggers the egg beds.

John Giddy has discovered a number of dense bands on his property east of Nyngan, he said they are difficult to spot due to the abundance of feed.

“That’s been my biggest concern because I’ve got paddocks here, there’s sort of seven or eight hundred acres of lucerne and there’s not many bare patches within that and on any bare patch I can see quite a concentration of them. So what is actually happening in the rest of the paddock is going to be sort of questionable to say the least.”

Mr Giddy says efforts to control locusts will be challenging because not all their land is suitable for aerial spraying.

He said there are several factors he must consider before spraying, including the terrain, nearby waterways and wildlife and neighbouring crops.

“Trying to access paddocks especially where there is lots of timber and stuff like that, trying to get boom sprays in is going to be a problem. Some sort of misting set up might be the only option”

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