Impact of exotic ants
Exotic ants are a major problem around the world as they compete with native ants for food and habitat.
They prey on other native invertebrates such as grasshoppers, butterflies, beetles and bugs. Some ants will prey on young native vertebrates such as young birds in nests or reptiles.
Exotic ants often have a vicious sting.
In many places, exotic ants have displaced the native ants, which can affect the balance of ecosystems.
Last updated: 10 December 2015