Introduced plant and animal pests can have a significant impact on our natural environment and primary production, as well as being a general nuisance in our homes and gardens.
Over the years many foreign plants and animals have established themselves in Darwin and Australia.
Foreign plant and animal species threaten Australia’s unique wildlife and ecosystems, carry diseases and cause damage to agricultural production. They can cause serious economic and environmental problems.
Some examples of introduced plant and animal pests in the Darwin Area include:
For further information on introduced pests visit the following websites:
Animal Pests http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/wildlife/animals/feral
The National Banana Freckle Eradication Program is working to eradicate the fungal plant pest, banana freckle, which has been discovered in the Northern Territory and poses a risk to the Australian commercial banana industry. Although banana fruit infected with banana freckle pose no threat to human health, Cavendish banana plants with the pest are being destroyed. To learn more, visit the web site or call the Banana Freckle hotline 1 800 771 163, available 7 days a week. Click here for more information.
Insect pests: http://pestinfo.nt.gov.au