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100,000 Philippine red imported fire ants seized at Xiamen Dongdu port

Updated: 08 Jul 2011
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Xiamen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has recently intercepted red imported fire ants (RIFA) once again in Dongdu Port after this kind of dangerous species invaded Xiamen port in April, reports Xiamen Daily. 
 
The RIFA, with an estimated number of 100,000 were found in a container of bark of sandalwood trees. They were shipped from Philippine’s Cebu and would have entered China through Xiamen Dongdu Port.

After detecting red imported fire ants, officials with the Xiamen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau immediately took a series of measures to remove the concealed disseminating danger.

The RIFA, also known as solenopsis invicta, can not only damage the ecological environment and lead to loss of crops, but also have a painful sting which is even life-threatening to humans and animals.

It is reported that the summer sees the most RIFAs. The Xiamen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau reminded that if Chinese product buyers would like to import plants or plant products, they are supposed to state requirements of plant quarantine in China and ask for a plant quarantine certificate issued by the exporting country and urge overseas exporters to deal with the pests well.
 
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ChinaTopCat Commented on 09 Jul 2011
Good catch. Fire ants are very dangerous because they multiply rapidly, can band together to cross patches of water and inflict a very painful bite. Congrats to the Quarantine Bureau!!!!!!