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.

Report it within 24 hours to our Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.

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.

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