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Sydney struggles to contain fire ant outbreak

Fire ants.
Fire ants. Image by Marufish / CC BY-SA 2.0

An outbreak of highly aggressive exotic ants in south Sydney threatens to ‘transform the Australian way of life’ according to invasive species experts. Native to Brazil, fire ants are up to 6mm long and reddish-brown in colour. Unless these ants, which inflict a painful bite, are eradicated, they could reportedly prevent people from walking around in thongs (flip flops) in large parts of Australia. Suspected sightings should be immediately reported to Australia’s Exotic Plant Pest Hotline. Read more: smh.com.au