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Government tackles fire-ant menace

Updated at 6.46pm: The government would continue to eradicate red fire-ants in Hong Kong ? after more than 3,000 ant mounds were found in the past year ? Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 9 May, 2007, 12:00am

Fire ant nests near Wetland Park cause scare

At least 1,200 red fire ant nests have been found on unused government land in Tin Shui Wai, next to the Hong Kong Wetland Park and just metres from several schools.

A spokeswoman for the Lands Department said the nests were discovered last week when workers from Yuen Long District Lands Office were clearing weeds.

9 May 2007 - 12:00am

70 workers sent to fight red fire ants

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department yesterday sent 70 pest control workers to unused government land near Bauhinia Garden in Tseung Kwan O to clear red fire ants mounds. They expected to complete the job in three days.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Tseung Kwan O estate residents fear invasion of red fire ants

Red fire ant nests have been discovered on unused government land in Tseung Kwan O, just 100 metres from a residential area.

Residents at Bauhinia Garden, which has 3,200 households are worried the ants could cross the street.

Pest control workers yesterday cleared weeds and poured pesticide on ant mounds.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Campaign aims to take sting out of red ant fears

Government wildlife experts have launched an education campaign to quell public concerns about red fire ants.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has published two books and will launch a new website and run exhibitions about ants and other insects in Hong Kong.

25 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

First fire ants march across the harbour

Peak School finds infestation as number of anthills climbs to 1,870

Two months after the scourge was first found in the city, red fire ants have crossed the harbour and experts are saying the mainland migrants have spread so far that they must have been here for years.

26 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Lack of laws a pest for China

Hong Kong's lack of legislation on pest control threatens agriculture on the mainland, an expert has claimed.

University of Hong Kong ecologist Richard Corlett believed invasive species of flora and fauna posed little threat to Hong Kong. The Special Administrative Region, being a bustling free port, was problematic to the mainland, though.

14 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

No red carpets here for fire ants

There is a crumb of comfort for those of us who are islanders. By that, I mean residents of Cheung Chau, Lamma and Hong Kong Island itself. The crumb of comfort is this: ants do not swim.

I saw an old movie once where ants chomped away leaves from trees to use as little boats to cross a river for an attack on humans.

12 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Red fire ants invade Disneyland site

Another 30 nests are found at nine locations, taking the city-wide total to 576

Exotic creatures are already starting to appear at the yet-to-be-completed Hong Kong Disneyland - red fire ants.

4 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Tung navel-gazing is all the fun of the fair

Red fire ants may have been on the minds of people buying potted plants at New Year fairs yesterday, but roosters and creative gadgets - including one featuring the chief executive's navel - stole the show.

Some stallholders reduced their orders of plants amid the scare over the stinging ants that are thought to have hitchhiked to Hong Kong from the mainland in the pots.

4 Feb 2005 - 12:00am