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People, wildlife, agriculture, infrastructure – no aspect of our lives is safe from the destructive power of invasive insects.

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Invasive insects

Australia already has more than its fair share of harmful insects that are not native to the country but are causing massive harm to our native plants, animals and ecosystems.

Queensland is battling red fire ants through a 10 year, $411 million eradication plan. Yellow crazy ants threaten our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforests on Earth and the most biologically diverse region in Australia.

Invasive insects attack and kill our native animals, out-compete our native insects, carry diseases and attack our Australian plant species.

We must do all we can to keep other invasive insects from entering Australia, and control and where possible eradicate those already here.

People, wildlife, agriculture, infrastructure – no aspect of our lives is safe from the destructive power of invasive ants now found in Australia.

Our invasion watch profiles detail some of the most frightening invasive insects we need to keep out of Australia.

A project to develop a national priority list of potential insect invaders that could harm the natural environment and their likely arrival pathways.