Hunt for red ant not over
EFFORTS to ensure an invasive ant species hasn’t made it any further into Perth than Fremantle harbour ramp up again this month.
A handful of red imported fire ants and linked nests were discovered at two businesses near the port last November, sparking a longterm search and implementation of an ongoing quarantine zone in an attempt to stop the destructive pest establishing in WA.
This month the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will visit Fremantle households and businesses to look for and collect ants from their properties.
“If occupants are not home, department personnel will leave a calling card requesting they make contact to arrange an inspection,” the department’s invertebrate pests manager John van Schagen said.
He described the red imported fire ant an a significant invasive species which, if established in WA, could severely damage the environment, agriculture and WA lifestyle. The quarantine area, which places limitations around moving potted plans, mulch, soil and digging equipment, extends from Port Beach, as far south as the South Fremantle dog beach and east to East Street.