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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eradicates yellow crazy ants from seabird wildlife refuge

  • Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    An invasive species known as the yellow crazy ant has been eradicated from a remote U.S. atoll in the Pacific. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the ants have been successfully removed from Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                In this photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, yellow crazy ants are seen in a bait testing efficacy trial at the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in December, 2015. An invasive species known as the yellow crazy ant has been eradicated from the remote U.S. atoll in the Pacific. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday, June 23, 2021, that the ants have been successfully removed from the refuge.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    In this photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, yellow crazy ants are seen in a bait testing efficacy trial at the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in December, 2015. An invasive species known as the yellow crazy ant has been eradicated from the remote U.S. atoll in the Pacific. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday, June 23, 2021, that the ants have been successfully removed from the refuge.

  • COURTESY PACIFIC REMOTE ISLANDS MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT 
                                Above, conservation detection dog Guinness, led by Michelle Reynolds, sniffs for the scent of yellow crazy ants along brush near the shoreline at Johnston Atoll.

    COURTESY PACIFIC REMOTE ISLANDS MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT

    Above, conservation detection dog Guinness, led by Michelle Reynolds, sniffs for the scent of yellow crazy ants along brush near the shoreline at Johnston Atoll.

  • COURTESY USFWS / JUNE 2013
                                Volunteer Margeaux Wayne sprays bait with insecticide as part of yellow crazy ants eradication efforts at Johnston Atoll.

    COURTESY USFWS / JUNE 2013

    Volunteer Margeaux Wayne sprays bait with insecticide as part of yellow crazy ants eradication efforts at Johnston Atoll.

  • COURTESY PACIFIC REMOTE ISLANDS MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT 
                                The yellow crazy ant species has been eradicated at the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, where it affected numerous seabirds. Above, seabirds perched themselves on an old dock along the East Island of Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on May 27.

    COURTESY PACIFIC REMOTE ISLANDS MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT

    The yellow crazy ant species has been eradicated at the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, where it affected numerous seabirds. Above, seabirds perched themselves on an old dock along the East Island of Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on May 27.

The yellow crazy ant species that threatened vital seabird colonies at the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge has been eradicated. Read more

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