Reporting suspected West Indian drywood termite detections
West Indian drywood termite (WIDT) is restricted matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014. If you find evidence of its activity, collect a sample and report it within 24 hours to our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.
Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, everyone has a general biosecurity obligation to minimise the spread of pests and diseases.
How to collect a suspected WIDT sample
A sample may include:
- several soldier bodies, heads, frass or termite wings
- a high-resolution digital photograph of the termites, frass and their damage—as well as or instead of a physical sample.
Where WIDT is suspected from a digital image, a physical sample will be required for confirmation under a microscope.
Reporting WIDT helps the government to advise building owners on managing the pest, including treatment measures and prevention of spread.
You must not move or dispose of WIDT-infested houses, furniture or timber products without having it treated, then wrapped or sealed.
- Last reviewed: 24 Mar 2022
- Last updated: 24 Mar 2022