Screw-worm fly: chemical containment and eradication of screw-worm incursions in Australia

The Screw-worm fly: chemical containment and eradication of screw-worm incursions in Australia project investigated treatments to combat Old World screw-worm fly.

Old World screw-worm (OWS) is the most serious exotic insect pest threatening Australia’s livestock industries and is endemic in our closest northern neighbouring countries.

AUSVETPLAN for OWS indicates insecticide treatments for containment followed by the use of sterile male technology and chemicals for eradication. However, there is no longer an operational OWS sterile insect facility anywhere in the world and most chemicals shown to be suitable for use in an eradication program are no longer registered in Australia.

This MLA funded project sought to assess the efficacy of Australian-registered chemicals against OWS. Information gained will enable the design of optimal emergency programs and provide data on which APVMA can base emergency use permits for an OWS incursion.

For more details about this review, please read the final report summary and download the final report (B.BAH.0004) (PDF, 673.2KB) from the Meat & Livestock Australia website.

When: 2 July 2012 to 31 December 2013

Contact: Dr Peter James

Collaborators: University of Queensland, DAF Queensland