Fire ants and other exotic ant species can have a big impact on native environments. In the case of fire ants, they can also greatly disrupt human activities.
Many parts of Logan are restricted areas for fire ants. Regulations apply to residents and businesses within the restricted area when disturbing or moving high risk materials. Before disturbing or moving high risk materials in the restricted area, contact Biosecurity Queensland for an inspection. This is to minimise the risk of spreading the ants.
Fire Ant Biosecurity Zones
Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, individuals and organisations whose activities involve the movement or storage of fire ant carriers will have a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to take all reasonable steps to ensure they do not spread fire ants.
The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 prescribes procedures that you must follow when moving or storing a fire ant carrier. Specific provisions are not provided for all situations and there is flexibility to find better ways of managing risks.
Fire ant carriers include:
- soil (e.g. fill, clay, scrapings, and any material removed from the ground at a site where earthworks are being carried out)
- animal manures
- baled hay or straw
- potted plants
- other carriers including
- composted material
- material that is a product or by-product of mining or quarrying (e.g. gravels, sands).
This guide outlines the procedures you must follow when moving or storing fire ant carriers and provides practical steps on how to avoid inadvertently spreading fire ants. https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishing-forestry/agriculture/land-management/health-pests-weeds-diseases/pests/fire-ant-carriers/soil
Fire Ant Treatment Season 2017 – 18; https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/plants/weeds-pest-animals-ants/invasive-ants/fire-ants/treatment-season
While Logan LGA is not in the planned treatment, the program will be responding to public reports and destroying infestations as usual.