5 September 2023. 

Summary of Fire ant news – August 2023. To subscribe to the full newsletter click here

In the warmer months fire ants increase their foraging activity and can collect the eradication treatment granules. Starting next month, treatment teams will start work in the new eradication treatment area.

Refusing access or obstructing the teams is considered a breach of the Biosecurity Act 2014and penalties can apply. You can fill out a property information form to communicate access or animal details of concern.

Fire ant eradication products are approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). There is very little risk to humans, animals or our environment.

On the other hand, fire ants pose a significant health threat to us and our native flora and fauna if not controlled. Fire ants can cause population declines in 45% of birds, 38% of mammals, 69% of reptiles and 95% of amphibians – they can also cause fatal anaphylactic reactions in humans and animals. Checking, reporting and and proactively treating your property is the best way to protect against fire ants.

If you are located in an area that’s yet to receive eradication treatment, you do have the option to self-treat. We recommend 2 types of treatment – each designed to sterilise the fire ant queen and prevent her from producing offspring. This enables the colony to naturally die out. Alternatively, you can hire a licensed pest manager to treat fire ants on your behalf.