Japan to launch large-scale fire ant control measures
Japan Times -- Jul 12
The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found.

The measures were adopted at a liaison meeting after fire ants were discovered mainly at ports across the country. The government hopes to prevent the species from taking hold.

The government is considering placing hundreds of thousands of insecticide units across 68 ports across the country.

Fire ants were first found in a container in Amagasaki in Hyogo Prefecture in late May and later detected in Tokyo, Aichi, and Osaka prefectures.

As queen ants were found at the Osaka and Kobe ports, the Environment Ministry is concerned that the species may become established in Japan.

全国の港で、強い毒を持つ「ヒアリ」の本格的な対策に乗り出します。 政府はヒアリ対策の関係省庁会議を開き、中国や台湾、オーストラリアなど、ヒアリの生息地から到着する定期コンテナ航路を持つ全国68の港に「ベイト剤」と呼ばれる駆除用の餌(えさ)を設置することを決めました。
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