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The USA failed in their eradication program and are living through a horror story due to the consequences. Quails and small animals no longer exist. Elderly people in US nursing homes have died after mass stings. High school children have died playing football on untreated fields. In total:
- They cost US industry and agriculture $7 billion a year.
They have caused the death of at least 85 people, all dying from anaphylactic shock.
This is a serious reality Australia is facing. Nearly all of Australia is vulnerable to fire ant invasion, including all major cities and towns. Nearly all of our mainland and 80% of Tasmania are suitable for these deadly intruders.
Red fire ants might be small, but when their nests are disturbed they swarm in their tens of thousands and sting their intruder en masse.
Without the regular use of chemical baits, infested parks, gardens and homes become uninhabitable. In the US, 30% to 60% of people in infested areas are stung each year.
Please donate today to enable us to ensure governments prioritise this killer, otherwise the cost of inaction stands to overwhelm us all.