Tips for finding pests
Use these resources to help confirm a pest sighting.
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Weeds and bugs
These online databases can help identify pests affecting farms and native environments.
- Weeds and pests affecting New Zealand pastures – Agpest website
- Key to the weed species of New Zealand – Landcare Research website
The National Pest Control Agency's (NPCA) websites have guidelines for identifying vertebrate pests and controlling them.
- Identify the presence of pest animals – NPCA's Pest Detective website
- Find out about animal pests and what's being done to manage them – Bionet NZ website
- Best practice guides for controlling vertebrate pests – Bionet NZ website
Marine pests and diseases
References to help you identify marine pests and discover where they've been found so far.
- New Zealand's marine pest identification guide [PDF, 1.7 MB]
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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