Locust Watch

Safety and environmental precautions

Additional information was not included but referred to in the FAO Desert Locust Guideline VI. Safety and Environmental Precautions are provided here. This page will be updated whenever new information on risk reduction of locust control becomes available.

Pesticide Referee Group

The Pesticide Referee Group (PRG) advises FAO on application rates of insecticides used in locust control and on the potential environmental risk of these products.

Studies on environmental and human health effects of locust control

A considerable body of publications is now available on the environmental impact of locust and grasshopper control. These publications provide much data on the side effects of individual insecticides used in locust control. In addition, information can be found on sampling methods, monitoring approaches and study set-up, which can be used for future monitoring or research activities. These studies' most recent annotated bibliography can be downloaded in PDF or as a Word document in English.

Withholding periods

On pages 54-55 of Guideline No. 6, reference is made to necessary minimum withholding or re-entry periods and pre-harvest intervals after locust control operations. FAO is presently studying what advice it can provide to countries that have not (yet) established such withholding periods.

Checklist for general monitoring of Desert Locust control operations



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See also

Advocacy and operational use of biopesticides in locust control

Ultra-low volume spraying

Ultra-low volume (ULV) spraying for locust control