DONATE TO SAVE AUSTRALIA FROM RED FIRE ANTS
The window is closing to stop these tiny killers from taking over Australia, causing extinctions and transforming ecosystems.
Please donate today to protect wildlife, pets and Australians from a life sentence with one of the world’s worst invasive species — red fire ants.
Currently, South East Queensland’s infestations are spreading in all directions and if they reach Murray Darling Basin they’ll float all the way to South Australia.
Small native animals are most vulnerable and will most likely die, as will small pets should they cross paths with these tiny killers. They have greater ecological impacts than most ants because they reach extremely high densities and attack ruthlessly. An assessment of their likely impact on 123 animals in southeast Queensland predicted population declines in about 45% of birds, 38% of mammals, 69% of reptiles and 95% of frogs.
We have this one shot to prevent them taking over the country. But the window is closing. An independent review has found the current eradication program is underfunded. In the coming months state and federal governments will develop their budgets for the next financial year.
Please donate today to ensure an enhanced red fire ant eradication program is funded so we don’t miss our chance.
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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.