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Whitsunday Regional Council is working with the Queensland Government and landholders to manage the invasive pest ant, the Yellow Crazy Ant, recently sighted at Shute Harbour.
The Yellow Crazy Ant is a declared pest and is named for its erratic walking style and frantic movements when disturbed.
Native to Africa, the Yellow Crazy Ant is an introduced species which can negatively impact on natural environments and is often detected in port areas along the coast.
Council’s Manager of Natural Resource Management, Scott Hardy, said initial surveys have been conducted at Shute Harbour and a baiting program is being implemented.
“We can advise that the Yellow Crazy Ant has been sighted around the Shute Harbour marine facility, and at this stage they are confined to the marine area,” he said.
“The surveys indicate there are no invasive ants at the Shute Haven residential area, and Council will continue monitoring the situation and will keep residents updated over the coming weeks.”
Council is working with Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Services, Department of Environment & Science, Hamilton Island Enterprises and other landholders to coordinate an action plan for the infestation.
Further information about the pest ants can be found on Council’s website at http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/666/Fauna-management
For more information contact Council’s Natural Resource Management area on 1300 WRC QLD (972 753) or Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
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