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Two new electric ant infestations in Cairns, Queensland

Staff writer |
The Cairns community in Queensland, Australia has been credited with the discovery of two new electric ant infestations.

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National Electric Ant Eradication Program Coordinator with Biosecurity Queensland Gary Morton said this was a very important detection and exactly what the electric ant campaign was designed to do.

"Finding the last one percent of ant infestation takes as much effort as finding the first 99 percent. While we were surprised by the two new detections, we’re very happy that they were found and we were able to get in there quickly and treat them.

"The new detections were initially found in the back yards of residences in Redlynch and Manoora, following a request for residents to check their yards from our recent ‘Join the Ant Hunt’ campaign.

"We’ve now treated the infestations and are conducting tracing investigations with the assistance of residents to find out where they might have come from, and potentially where they could have spread to.”

The electric ant campaign ran between December 2015 and February 2016 and resulted in 1100 requests from Far North Queensland residents for electric ant yard checks.

Morton said that the amazing support shown by residents had put the electric ant eradication program in a great position to completely eradicate the ants.

"Far North Queensland should be proud of the part they’ve played in the electric ant eradication program. We simply could not have achieved this result without the enormous support and goodwill of the community."

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