How to Use Pest Detective

Pest Detective is essentially a search tool. You can start searching in two different ways, depending on what you want to know.

  • Clues: if you have field sign you wish to identify, or
  • Culprits: if you suspect a particular species or simply want to know more about certain pest animals.

Once you have identified your culprit(s) go to the Next Steps page for links to about pest control and pest animal monitoring.


Can i use Pest Detective in the field?

Pest Detective can be used on mobile devices (no special app is required).

It is not available offline although this is something we would investigate if there is enough demand. The National Broadband Map is a useful way of checking the areas covered by most internet network providers. Remember, however, that internet may not be available in all places within coverage areas e.g. deep gullies where the signal might not reach.

If you are going into an area with no or doubtful internet coverage, you can download chosen pages from Pest Detective to take with you, albeit without the same interactive functionality. There are two ways of doing so.

  • Go to your desired page; select 'Print' from the browser menu (usually top right of screen); select 'Print to PDF' or 'PDF Creator' from the print options; select 'Print'. The resulting PDF will show all the images as well as text on the page (although not in the enlarged pop-up size) for reference from your mobile device when you have no internet.

  • Alternatively, use the same browser menu to print the page(s) you want onto paper.