Pests & Weeds

Pest Control

Armidale Regional Council provides the public with a Pesticide Notification Plan. The aim of this Plan is to meet the community’s general right to know about pesticide applications made to outdoor public places that are owned or controlled by the Tablelands Councils.  

The plan allows members of the community to take action to avoid contact with pesticides, if they wish. Councils ensure that pesticides are applied to public places in a safe, responsible manner, minimising harm to the community or the environment. See the full Pesticide Notification Plan  (PDF 411.6KB)

Pesticide Use Program

See the Armidale Regional Pesticide Use Program - Armidale Regional Pesticide Use Program - Armidale 20-21 (PDF 37.6KB) for information about treatment areas and dates, as well as pesticides used around Armidale during 2020/21.

Weed Control

The best and most cost effective means of weed control is prevention.

Some tips to keep your backyard, farm, local bushland and waterways weed free:

  • Get to know the local weeds in your area

  • Be aware that weed seeds are transported on vehicles, trailers, clothing, shoes, in soil and in pet fur and hair

  • Always stick to designated tracks when walking, horse-riding, driving, riding pushbikes or motorbikes through natural areas

  • Dispose of weeds that are already seeding by placing them in a black plastic bag, sealing it and 'baking it' in the sun for a couple of weeks prior to placing it in the bin

  • Compost or dispose of other garden and green waste in council green waste collections or by carefully transporting it to your council's green waste tip. NEVER dump garden waste over the back fence or in bushland

  • Always cover trailers when transporting plant material to prevent seeds and other live plant material falling off

  • Consider carefully what plants you buy for ponds and aquariums

  • Never dump aquarium water or contents down drains or into waterways

  • Be aware that birds and wind can disperse weed seeds 20 - 30kms from your home

  • Stop water and fertilisers running from your garden into bushland areas. Nutrient enriched soils promote weed growth

  • Wash your car on the lawn to prevent detergents entering the waterways via stormwater drains, where they become food for weeds.

For pesticide notifications visit the New England Weeds Authority.

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds are weedy plant species that are controlled and or managed under state or territory legislation. The Biosecurity Act 2015 prescribes a variety of management options from prohibition of sale and trade to enforced control. The legislation regulations may affect all or part of a jurisdiction. Weed control is the responsibility of individual states and territories including the legislation.

For more information visit the New England Weeds Authority website.