Tips for finding and identifying pests and diseases

Use these resources to help confirm a pest sighting. 

Enjoy finding and identifying bugs and plants?

iNaturalist NZ is a community of fellow nature watchers. You can record what you see in nature and learn about the natural world.

Visit the iNaturalist NZ website

Weeds and bugs

These online databases can help identify pests affecting farms and native environments.

Animal pests

The Bionet website has guidelines for identifying vertebrate pests and controlling them.

Marine pests and diseases

References to help you identify marine pests and discover where they've been found so far.

If in doubt, call our pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66. 

An MPI expert does the formal identification of any pests reported to our phone line.

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