MinuteEarth Explores the Invasive Effects of Yellow Crazy Ants

“Invasion of the Yellow Crazy Ants” by MinuteEarth explores the effect of Anoplolepis gracilipes, an invasive species accidentally introduced to Australia. Since being introduced to this and other islands, the insect has spread rapidly and done a number on native species. MinuteEarth explains why invasive species are so harmful and what humans can do to address the problem.

Instead of trying to kill Australia’s yellow crazy ants by just spraying insecticide everywhere, we’ve learned that the best approach is a year-long, multistep assault that specifically targets ant riddled areas at the times when the egg laying queens are mature and susceptible to our treatment.

Written by Brian Heater

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