Hearth ants discovered on Sunshine Coast as harmful pest continues to unfold

Hearth ants discovered on Sunshine Coast as harmful pest continues to unfold

Hearth ants have been discovered on the Sunshine Coast because the tremendous pest continues to unfold past a containment zone in Queensland’s south-east nook.

It’s the newest in a collection of so-called outlier detections of the hyper aggressive invasive species that Australia has been preventing to eradicate for many years.

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The most recent discover was made at a improvement web site at Nirimba on Monday, the Nationwide Hearth Ant Eradication Program mentioned.

A member of the group reported two nests which have now been destroyed, and broadscale remedy is below manner within the surrounding space.

Hearth ant campaigners have lengthy warned the Sunshine Coast was in danger as a result of patchy resourcing to assault the pest.

“This was in all probability inevitable,” mentioned Reece Pianta, from the Invasive Species Council.

“It’s one thing we’ve been involved about for a really very long time as a result of there have been solely assets to deal with fireplace ants in successfully lower than half of the outer eradication boundary.”

Earlier this yr the ants have been additionally discovered at Caboolture, between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

They’ve additionally been discovered west of the Nice Dividing Vary and on the islands offshore from Brisbane.

Pianta mentioned the Nirimba discover, at a web site that had been ready for improvement, instructed there is perhaps a hyperlink to the motion of natural supplies, like soil and turf, that may carry fireplace ants.

The motion of these supplies is restricted however the Invasive Species Council mentioned enforcement was essential.

Hearth ants have additionally just lately been detected in NSW at South Murwillumbah and Wardell, south of Ballina, with these infestations stamped out. Authorities stay on excessive alert.

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