Fire ants must be eradicated, says Southern Cross entomologist

Southern Cross University

Empty playgrounds, decimated crops and human fatalities. Southern Cross University’s Professor Nigel Andrew fears this is Australia’s bleak future should the venomous red fire ant take hold.

The University’s respected entomologist gave evidence in person during the first day of the national Inquiry into Red Imported Fire Ants in Australia held in Brisbane on March 4.

“It was a privilege to be invited to speak to the Senate Inquiry into Red Imported Fire Ants,” said Professor Andrew.

“Hopefully, this inquiry will be a springboard to enable further resources to be given to eradicate them from Australia before they cause further damage to our environment, agriculture and lifestyle.”

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