FAQ – Why use natural control?

It is in all our interests that damaging invasive non-native species are not released into the wild, and the priority of the government’s non-native species secretariat is to ensure the public understands the risks of introducing these species. However, where an invasive non-native species is concerned we need to consider control and the possible tools available. Invasive non-native species usually have an advantage over native species as they have often been introduced without their natural enemies, which helped keep them in check in their native range. One tool that can be employed in their management is the use of natural predators and diseases that target only the invasive species.