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Red imported fire ants - Secondary

Red imported fire ants (fire ants) have been detected in South Murwillumbah in northern NSW in November 2023. Fire ants are invasive exotic pest 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: Watch the 'Fighting the Fireant as a citizen scientist webinar' and  PowerPoint presentation to complete the student worksheet below. Content covers biosecurity and fire ant identification, nest identification and advice on reporting.

Check out the interactive "Identifying Invasive Ant Species" 

To conduct surveillance for Red Imported Fire Ants in your school or community find instructions at:

If you think you've seen Red imported fire ants or their nests please call

1800 680 244 or go to

For more information please contact us at email:

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