Biosecurity responses to incursions aim to achieve pest- or disease-free status as quickly as possible. One of the critical initial response activities involves tracing known movements (trace events) to and from an infected or infested property (IP) that could spread the pest or pathogen. During an incursion response, managers allocate surveillance resources to follow up trace events in order of priority. Prioritizing trace events is difficult and typically subjective. We present a simulation model where several dispersal mechanisms spread a pest between areas. We use model outputs to test different search strategies, using citrus canker (caused by Xanthomonas citri) as a case study. Model scenarios are based on an outbreak of citrus canker that occurred in Queensland in 2004.