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Venomous fire ants found in inland city in Aichi

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Looks like they must have been around for some time.  all we needed to do was start looking and we found them everywhere.

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Sure move quickly don't they

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I know that any invasive species is bad and harmful, but the way it's being reported seems to be a bit apocalyptic. Why do they keep reporting where the cargo came from? We know it's from another country, let's just deal with it and not blame others.

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I live in Texas, in the USA and we have a Fire Ant problem that's out of control. The problem isn't just that they are venomous and can cause serious, sometimes fatal reactions in people who are allergic to them but the impact they have on native wildlife. They push out native species of ant and impact anything that feeds on ants. Texas used to have tons of a lizard called the Horned Lizard of "Horny Toad" which fed on ants. They cannot feed on fire ants and as the fire ants took over from the native species, they killed off these lizards so now they have become exceedingly rare. Stopping them from getting a foothold is important not just for people but for the protection of the native environment and people.

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I think it's remarkable that we don't have more of this.

The Formosan termite necessitates all stick framed housing in Hawaii use treated lumber and, in some cases, perimeter subterranean treatment. Then there was the introducing the mongoose there over 100 years ago to deal with the invasive rat population. Only problem is that rats are primarily nocturnal and mongoose are not. Hawaii must also inspect every plane arriving from Guam to be sure that no Solomon Islands Brown snakes have stowed away in the landing gear or cargo hold, the way they are suspected of reaching Guam, which subsequently led to the destruction of all ground dwelling bird species there. Then there is the Australian Cane toad.

On the mainland in the U.S., we've been trying, in vain, to eradicate both the Coddling and Gypsy moths for decades because of the damage they do,respectively, to apples and coniferous forests. Mosquitoes here again carry malaria as well as West Nile virus and various forms of encephalitis, while the Everglades is filling up with pythons, "pets" set loose after the owners have tired of them. They have no natural predators there and so will in a short time take over the habitat. And don't forget the nutria from South America, which now range from the Gulf to the PNW.

Perhaps the best book about this is "The Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900."

http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095741676

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We are all doomed.

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Sure move quickly don't they

Yeah, they got the number of アリさんマーク, he, he!

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