Miners uncover fire ants

 A box of mining equipment imported from the US was found to be infested with fire ants.

Biosecurity Queensland praised the actions of the unnamed mining company, with control centre director Neil O’Brien stating that "This swift detection and reporting has significantly reduced the risk of any fire ants spreading from the contaminated box in Roma," the Toowoomba Chronicle reports.

The ants were found at the base of the crate between a hard case the wooden structure, and were today confirmed as the invasive fire ants species.

Biosecurity Queensland officers have already inspected the site in Roma and will send additional officers with a sniffer dog to the area. Preventative bait treatment will be undertaken and quarantine notices will be issued as necessary," O’Brien said.

"Tracing investigations are already being undertaken at the site and on neighboring properties."



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