Residents are being asked to get on board and Snap, Send, Solve caltrop around Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
People can help the City’s works crews locate and eradicate this pest plant by reporting any sightings, including the location, using the Snap, Send, Solve app, which is free to download from the Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores.
Caltrop is a low lying ground cover with small yellow flowers and grey green leaves, that grows a woody, sharp spiked prickle about 6mm long, and is commonly found in laneways, on verges and in back yards as well as in bicycle tyres and the soles of shoes.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said caltrop is a prescribed pest plant that can remain dormant in the soil for up to five years.
“Caltrop can have a long period of dormancy and then germinate after summer rains, which is why we are seeing this current outbreak,” he said.
“The sooner we can get on to the plant and remove it and dispose of it, the better. It’s a fast growing weed that can quickly take over verges and back yards and be a real pain for feet and paws."
“We want everyone to report caltrop to us, either by calling on 9021 9600 or through the Snap, Send, Solve app, which will give us an exact GPS location of the weed.”