Date published: 21st February 2014
Eradication program in the pipeline for Kuranda crazy ants
The Wet Tropics Management Authority plans to commence a yellow crazy ant eradication program for the Kuranda region in April.
Authority executive director Andrew Maclean said a portion of the funding received from the Australian Government late last year for yellow crazy ant eradication south of Cairns will be funnelled into the Kuranda infestation.
“We recognise the significant threat the Kuranda infestation has to the biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and consider the infestation a high priority given its proximity to the Barron River and therefore, the risk of spread,” Mr Maclean said.
“The yellow crazy ant infestation in Kuranda is still quite small so there is a good prospect to be able to eliminate this new infestation before the colony becomes too established. At the same time we will continue to monitor and treat the existing colonies south of Cairns,” he added
Mr Maclean said the Authority and its partners in the yellow crazy ant eradication program are calling upon land holders in the vicinity of the Kuranda infestation to be especially vigilant and protect their properties from this severely debilitating pest.