Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis Invicta)

Red imported fire ants (fire ants) are invasive introduced ants that cause serious social, economic, and environmental harm. They can destroy crops, damage machinery, kill native flora and fauna and render public places unusable. They are aggressive and have a severe, burning sting. Fire ants are not known to occur in New South Wales, but currently infest a large area of South-East Queensland with nests found very close to the NSW border. This proximity makes fire ants one of the highest emerging biosecurity risks to NSW as well as posing an existing biosecurity risk in QLD. 


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