Tweed Shire Councils Pest Management Program Area focuses on two main branches of pest control.
- controlling nuisance insects
- managing the impacts of invasive species that impact on biodiversity
Control of nuisance insects
Tweed Shire Council currently coordinates program for the control of nuisance mosquitoes, biting midge, and Pandanus Planthopper.
Mosquitoes (Culicidae) and biting midge (Ceratopogonidae), are abundant in this region of Australia. The extensive areas of wet low-land and intertidal areas along the Tweed coastal districts contain many suitable breeding sites for these insects. As a result of the proximity of these low-lands to urban areas, biting insect nuisance is likely to occur seasonally in many areas. Tweed Shire Council has been actively involved in nuisance insect control since 1983.
The nuisance insects section of this website currently has information on the following:
Managing Impacts of invasive animals
An invasive animal is a non-native animal that has either escaped or been released into the natural environment and has established a self-sustaining population that survives independently of humans.
Unfortunately, once invasive animals become established in the wild it is difficult to eradicate them. Despite many years of effort and huge financial expenditure, no established invasive animals have been removed from the mainland of Australia. Invasive animals have contributed to a dramatic decline in native animal populations and in the worse case scenarios even extinction.
The main invasive animals of concern in Tweed Shire include:
These species have all had a major impact environmentally, socially or economically.