Targeted surveillance for exotic plant pests

Biosecurity Queensland conducts pest inspections as part of a national early warning surveillance program for exotic plant pests. Our surveys focus on locations known to be at risk from the introduction of exotic pests, such as near airports and seaports.

Sites that are currently monitored include areas near:

  • the Port of Brisbane
  • the Brisbane International Airport
  • product importers
  • refuse sites.

The surveillance program is aimed at detecting pests before they become established in Australia and threaten our agriculture and environment. Detecting new pests early can also help us maintain access to domestic and international markets.

Our officers look for a range of pests, across a number of different cropping systems and industries. Their initial focus is on pests of banana, mango, citrus, grapevine, stored grain, forestry, and area pests such as fire ants and giant African snails.Surveys involve inspecting host plants and installing traps for insect collection at selected sites.

If your property has been chosen for inclusion in a survey your cooperation is very important. While you are not legally obliged to allow inspectors access to your property, your support will help protect our plant industries. For further enquiries about early warning surveys to find exotic plant pests, contact Biosecurity Queensland.