West Australians asked to help identify invasive ants

Staff WritersGeraldton Guardian
Red fire ants are an invasive species that inflict a painful sting.
Camera IconRed fire ants are an invasive species that inflict a painful sting. Credit: Supplied

West Australians are being asked to take part in a campaign to help look for invasive ants that may be hiding in your neighbourhood.

The six-week ant blitz organised by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development aims to discover what ants are present in our communities.

The Department is asking for volunteers to send in photos of ants, from now until April 3, and pest experts will tell you if they are friend or foe.

Participating is as easy as catching an ant and sending in a photo using the MyPestGuide Reporter app, online form or by emailing padis@dpird.wa.gov.au.

Recently, there have been detections of both the red imported fire ant and browsing ant in Western Australia.

These ants can spread quickly and dominate new environments with catastrophic ecological impact.

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