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Red imported fire ants incursion 2023/24

Red imported fire ants (fire ants) have been detected in South Murwillumbah in northern NSW in November 2023. Fire ants are invasive exotic pests that can damage electrical and agricultural equipment, harm pets and livestock, kill native plants and animals, and damage ecosystems beyond repair. They are aggressive and have a severe, burning sting.


It is imperative that we all do our bit to ensure that we stop the spread of fireants into NSW.

Classroom teaching resources 

The links below give you access to the Red Imported Fire Ant Primary and Secondary resources, citizen science guides and interviews with DPI Scientists covering fireant identification and advice on surveillance and reporting.

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