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THOMAS GEORGE COMMUNITY CHASING DOWN YELLOW CRAZY ANTS

COMMUNITY CHASING DOWN YELLOW CRAZY ANTS

A surveillance blitz will kick off across the Lismore Local Government Area this weekend, with over 600 random inspections by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) staff to determine the extent of yellow crazy ants (YCA).

YCA were first detected in central Lismore in May 2018 and an ongoing response has been in place since that time.

Member for Lismore, Thomas George said the latest surveillance operation will help determine if the Lismore infestation is just an isolated event, or if there are further populations in the North Coast area.

“I have been very impressed by the response of our community in reporting the ants. I have been informed to date no new sites have been found outside of the known infestations.

“The surveillance operation this weekend will ultimately establish if the North Coast area is free from YCA.

The DPI has been using dog surveillance as part of its control efforts, which has provided staff with very specific information about the nest locations in the Lismore CBD and Terania Creek areas.

“DPI is also reporting a significant decrease in the number of nests and ant sightings.

“I really want to commend the community for their cooperation in this response, as well as the volunteers from NSW SES, RFS, Local Land Services and National Parks and Wildlife Service who will join with NSW DPI in this weekend’s surveillance,” Mr George said.

Yellow crazy ant information is available online
https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/insect-pests/yellow-crazy-ant

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