List of pests and diseases of trees and timber
Use our list below to become aware of the symptoms of Australia's most common pests and diseases, as well as those of exotic pests and diseases known to cause damage to forests overseas.
Insect pests and fungal diseases can damage shoots, leaves, crowns and stems, which can reduce tree growth and condition. If severe, the damage can cause trees to die. Insects and fungi can also reduce wood quality, resulting in lower yields and reduced timber prices.
Being able to recognise the symptoms of pests and diseases is critical for managing a healthy and productive forest. Read our general descriptions of the pests and diseases first, if you are unsure of the name.
Brown root rot
Anoplognathus chloropyrus, A. porosus, A. boisduvali, A. spp.
Common furniture beetle
Rhombacus spp., Acalox spp.
Five-spined bark beetle
Giant wood moth
Kirramyces leaf diseases
Teratosphaeria epicoccoides (previously Kirramyces epicoccoides), T. viscidus (previously K. viscidus), T. psuedoeucalypti, T. corymbiae
Paropsis atomaria, Paropsisterna cloelia
Lerps and psyllids
Glycaspis species, Cardiaspina species, Creiis lituratus, Eucalyptolyma maideni
Lesser auger beetle
Phoracantha solida, P. mastersi, P. acanthocera
Pine bark anobiid
Quambalaria shoot blight
Queensland pine beetle
Automolus spp., Liparetrus spp., Epholcis bilobiceps
Sirex wood wasp
Cryptotermes cynocepalus, C. domesticus and C. dudleyi
West Indian drywood termite
- Last reviewed: 10 Dec 2019
- Last updated: 10 Dec 2019