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.
For more information refer to the Queensland Government website.
Fire Ant Treatment
An aggressive Fire Ant treatment program is continuing across South East Queensland focused on halting the spread of Fire Ants.
The first round of bait treatment by the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program has been completed with the second round underway. The bait includes an insect growth regulator that is commonly used in mosquito control programs and flea collars but is not harmful to humans or animals. The ants pick up the bait, feed it to their queen who then becomes sterile and the colony dies out over time.
Bait treatment will continue until May 2016. Bait treatment is most effective in the warmer months when Fire Ants are out and foraging for food. Residents who live in the treatment areas will be contacted by Fire Ant Program staff if access is required to their property.
To find out if your suburb is in the treatment zone, or to report Fire Ants, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants or call 13 25 23.