Dan­ger­ous ant stamped out at air­port

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A COM­BINED ef­fort by biose­cu­rity of­fi­cers, lo­cal busi­nesses and spe­cially-trained de­tec­tor dogs has suc­cess­fully stamped out an ex­otic pest ant at Perth Air­port.

Brows­ing ant has been erad­i­cated fol­low­ing a three­year pro­gram by the Department of Agri­cul­ture and Food (DAFWA) in con­junc­tion with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

DAFWA Biose­cu­rity and Reg­u­la­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Kevin Chen­nell said brows­ing ant was a tramp ant na­tive to south­ern Europe.

He said it could cause sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to na­tive species, the en­vi­ron­ment, hor­ti­cul­ture and api­cul­ture.

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