Any unusual plant pest or disease should be reported immediately to the relevant state or territory agriculture agency through the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline (1800 084 881).
Early reporting increases the chance of effective control and eradication.
How does it work?
Calls to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline will connect to an automated system that allows you to choose the state or territory that the call relates to. Calls will be answered by an experienced person in your state, who will ask some questions to help understand the situation, such as:
- what was seen (describe the pest or send a photo) and when was it first noticed
- where it was found and what it was on
- how many pests are present/how infected is the crop
- how widely distributed it is.
Every report will be taken seriously, checked out and treated confidentially. In South Australia, this hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We also encourage you to phone us on (08) 8273 0550 to discuss any vine health related issues.
Think you’ve found fruit fly?
In South Australia, the Fruit Fly Hotline (1300 666 010) is manned 24 hours a day for receiving reports of maggots in fruit, vegetables or other plants.