Help pre­vent the spread of yel­low crazy ants

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

The yel­low crazy ant (Ano­plolepis gra­cilipes) was re­cently found in the Lis­more CBD and it’s im­por­tant we do ev­ery­thing we can to stop its spread to the Tweed.

Itõs a highly in­va­sive ex­otic pest that can build su­per colonies and se­ri­ously im­pact lo­cal fauna, agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion and ecosys­tems. Unchecked, it poses a se­ri­ous eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal threat.

Re­cent sur­veil­lance by the NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries con­firmed yel­low crazy ant was present through­out cen­tral Lis­more and at a small num­ber of lo­ca­tions in a wider ra­dius. This means it is now pro­hib­ited to move plant mat­ter and soil (in­clud­ing lawn clip­pings, hedge trim­mings, mulch, branches, wood­chips and sand) from within the Lis­more Move­ment Con­trol Zone (see FAQS Ð www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biose­cu­rity/in­sect-pests/ yel­low-crazy-ant)

Please reg­u­larly inspect your prop­erty for any sign of yel­low crazy ants or nests and re­port any sus­pi­cious sight­ings im­me­di­ately, as this pest can spread rapidly. Do not dis­turb the ants or nests or try to treat the in­fes­ta­tion yourself as the ants will likely move lo­ca­tion.

If you sus­pect the pres­ence of yel­low crazy ant, please re­port them im­me­di­ately to:

On­line: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/antre­port

Phone: Biose­cu­rity Hot­line 1800 680 244

Yel­low crazy ants mov­ing a dead cock­roach to­ward their nest and in­set, close up of a yel­low crazy ant (Ano­plolepis gra­cilipes).

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