Fire ants are one of the world’s most invasive
ant species. If left uncontrolled they’ll ruin our outdoor way of life; and have serious
impacts on our health, environment and economy. Every year the National Red Imported Fire
Ant Eradication Program conducts a bait treatment program for fire ants on properties in targeted
areas. All properties within the treatment areas will receive repeated rounds of bait
treatment during the warmer months between September and May. Fire ant bait treatment involves spreading small pieces of corn grit soaked with an insect
growth regulator across backyards and garden areas, as well as parklands and paddocks.
Bait is distributed either by hand held spreader, quad bike or helicopter. The method of distribution
depends on the size and accessibility of each property. Any foraging ants in the vicinity
will pick up the bait and take it back to their nest. The bait treatment is not harmful
to humans or animals, and breaks down in a matter of days. If you live in a treatment area Biosecurity Queensland will be communicating with you
in advance and during the treatment season. Fire ant program team members will be carrying
Queensland Government identification and will not need to enter your house or buildings.
It’s vital that fire ant teams can access properties in the treatment area to ensure
treatment is completed quickly and effectively. If you are a resident in a treatment area
you need to notify Biosecurity Queensland of any access issues: such as dogs or locked
gates by calling 13 25 23 or by completing our online property information form. Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 Biosecurity officers are authorised to enter your property to conduct
treatment for fire ants without you being present. If you are not at home and your property
is accessible officers conduct treatment and leave a notice. If you are not at home and
officers cannot gain access a notice will be left requesting that you call to make a
suitable arrangement. If you see any fire ants or mounds that you
think may be fire ants report it to Biosecurity Queensland. You can take a photo and report
online www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants or call us on 13 25 23.