Small (2-5 mm) with a dark brown head and light brown body. Gives off a strong odour when crushed.
To help protect our environment:
Urban habitats, forest, coastal scrub.
Competes with native species for food, promotes high densities of aphids and scale insects, interferes with pest plant biocontrol.
Check for ants before moving potted plants. If you’re planning to do some planting on an island, ideally find plants that were grown on-island. If you do have to bring plants from off-island, make sure they’ve been sourced from a supplier who is accredited with the Plant Producers Biosecurity Scheme to reduce the risk of hitchhiker pests. Otherwise, bare root your plants, dunk them in water thoroughly, or repot them with completely new potting mix 24 hours before you go. Check camping gear, garden soil, bark, building materials, vehicles and vessels for ants before you move them.