Adopt-a-trap Pest Survey

​​​​​Help keep Tasmani​​a free from exotic pests!

The National 2021-2022 sticky trap survey is being conducted to check for and re-affirm that Tasmania remains free from a number of significant, exotic biosecurity pests. 

This project is important to provide early detection and evidence of freedom from these pests in Tasmania and your assistance is greatly appreciated.

What pests are we checking for and why?

The sticky trap survey will enable the monitoring of pests such as tomato-potato psyllid (TPP) (Bactericera cockerelli), carrot psyllids (Bactericera trigonica and Trioza apicalis), African citrus psyllid (Trioza erytreae), Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), glassy winged sharpshooter (GWSS) (Homalodisca vitripennis), as well as exotic leaf miners (Liriomyza spp) including; tomato leaf miner (Liriomyza bryoniae), chickpea leaf miner (Liriomyza cicerina), serpentine leaf miner (Liriomyza huidobrensis), vegetable leaf miner (Liriomyza sativae) and American serpentine leaf miner (Liriomyza trifolii).

For more information see the Adopt-a-Trap Survey target pests factsheet:

  Adopt-a-Trap Survey target pests    (548Kb)

Some of these pests also vector exotic diseases of concern such as the disease pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum haplotypes, which causes the disease 'zebra chip' in potatoes and disease in carrots, Xylella fastidiosa which cause serious diseases in various host species, and Huanglongbing which is a significant threat to citrus.

These pests and diseases are a serious threat to Australia’s potato, tomato, carrot, viticulture, citrus, stone fruit, tree nut, and nursery production industries.  While Tasmania is currently free from these pests it’s important that we remain vigilant.

​The Tasmanian information collected from the survey will be combined with data from other participating states. This will provide ongoing evidence that these pests are not established in Tasmania.

How will the survey work?

The survey is very simple. Biosecurity Tasmania will provide participants with a survey kit including instructions on how to deploy sticky traps on your property. You will be required to collect and post the traps to Biosecurity Tasmania with a completed survey sheet.

What do I need to do?

  • Register your interest now by filling in the form and sending it to Once your registration has been confirmed you will be contacted by Biosecurity Tasmania.

  • Survey kits will be posted out to you

  • Follow the instructions from your kit and return the traps to us each week, via the reply-paid post bags provided.

When is​ i​t happening?

You can deploy the traps in October and into December 2021 (four traps, one out at a time for seven days) and then send the traps back to Biosecurity Tasmania. This process will be repeated from January to March 2022.

Don’t worry, we will check you are OK to do it again, send you another kit, and remind you when to put your next set of traps out.

Host plant list

The traps will need to be placed near priority plants. You will need at least one or two plants from the list below. The more plants you have, and the more mature they are, the better.

  • Solanaceae family, including potato, tomato, capsicum, eggplant and tamarillo, boxthorn, Chinese lantern, Chinese gooseberry, and nightshade weeds.

  • Convolvulaceae family such as sweet potato, convolvulus, and morning glory.

Other host plants are listed below, and it would also be useful if you had some of these as well.

  • Citrus plants

  • Assorted vegetables

  • Assorted Weeds

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact:


Veronica Hayes
Surveillance Coordinator (Plant Biosecurity)
M: 0448 366 101