Fire ants are an ‘aggressive pest’– hostile, highly-adaptive as well as fully equipped for survival. They are considered category 1 restricted matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014.
The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program has successfully eradicated 5 attacks of the bug and is working on a sixth.
The 10-year eradication strategy is presently concentrating on the western side of the infestation in the Lockyer Valley. The program will progressively work through Ipswich, Logan, the Gold Coast as well as Redlands over the coming years.
Just 2 years into the strategy, locals partly of the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and also the Ipswich local government area are informing us the strategy is functioning.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are raising awareness that biosecurity dangers are an issue for the whole community, from specific property owners and businesses to public landowners such as councils. Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, everyone, consisting of people as well as organisations, has a general biosecurity responsibility (GBO) to take all practical steps to avoid the spread of fire ants. Queenslanders are legally called for to report presumed discoveries of fire ants within 1 day of their exploration or face heavy penalties.
There are fire ant biosecurity zones in position to assist manage the motion of products that might spread out fire ants such as soil, hay, lawn and other carriers. Discover more concerning what we are doing to avoid the spread of fire ants.
We are certified under the Queensland Government’s Fire Ant Eradication Program to treat and remove these pests.