Invasive species and pests

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Invasive species and pests

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Fire ants could take hold in Sydney by 2035 as the aggressive invasive species heads south from Queensland

June 2, 2023 - 9:11PM

Red imported fire ants that were accidentally introduced to southeast Queensland over 20 years ago are on the march to New South Wales and may cost the state more than $1 billion every year.

Fire ants are a pest in Australia and are believed to have arrived in Brisbane around the year 2000 via shipping crates from the United States.

The ants are now found across Brisbane and other areas of southeast Queensland and its suspected they are slowly heading south towards the New South Wales border.

Due to their venomous stings, fire ants pose a direct threat to our traditional outdoor lifestyles.

Mounds of fire ants are highly aggressive to both humans and animals and can also damage crops, infrastructure and homes. ... feb76e6a4a
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