A weed can be an introduced species or a native species that has been moved from its natural habitat and now has a competitive advantage over indigenous plants.

The main contact for advice on legislation, policies, programs and coordination of control activities in the Northern Territory is the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment and The Arts.

A pest can be a animal or insect that negatively impacts the environment or humans. Residents should be aware of pests in their area and take proper precautions to minimise their impact.

The following species can adversely affect humans or pets:

  • Mosquitos in the Territory can carry diseases such as Ross River, Murray Valley Encephalitis so it is important that you protect yourself and family by wearing loose, light coloured protective clothing, use deet based insect repellents and empty containers that collect water to restrict their breeding grounds.
  • Cane toads and toad can cause serious illness and/or death to pets and native species. For more information including identify signs of poisoning visit the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts Department website.