Pest Detective is an interactive online field guide to help people in New Zealand identify the presence of pest animal species.

The website was founded by the National Pest Control Agencies Inc. It is now run and hosted by Bionet, which is a collaborative partnership between Biosecurity New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand and Regional Councils.

Why Pest Detective?

It is important to know whether or not pest animals are present so population levels can be monitored and targeted pest control carried out when required.

However, many pest animals are notoriously difficult to detect so this website has been developed as an easy-to-use identification tool for:

  • practitioners working in the pest control sector;
  • landowners and land managers;
  • conservation volunteers and community groups;
  • students and researchers.