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New fire ant detection at Beaudesert

Biosecurity Queensland’s National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program Director, Geoff Kent said through routine surveillance, program officers discovered and confirmed three fire ant nests in Beaudesert on 20 September 2017.

“Program officers destroyed nests by direct nest injection using insecticide and also bait treated the immediate area,” Mr Kent said.

“The Program will be commencing targeted surveillance out to 2km from the infestation, including both residential properties and open spaces such as parks, ovals and paddocks.

“Tracing activities and genetic testing will be undertaken to determine the possible source of the detection.

“Beaudesert is outside of the current fire ant biosecurity zone.”

Mr Kent said community engagement activities would be conducted over the coming weeks to raise awareness of fire ants in the Beaudesert area.

“Residents and business operators in Beaudesert and surrounding suburbs are encouraged to check their properties and work sites, and report suspect ants and nests to Biosecurity Queensland,” he said.

“We need the local community to help by being our eyes on the ground, as you know your property best. Check your yard and gardens and tell us if you find ants you think could be fire ants.”

Fire ants vary in size, between 2–6 millimetres, are coppery-brown with a dark abdomen, inflict a painful sting and are aggressive.

Fire ant nests are mounds of loose soil with no entry or exit holes.

Fire ants have the potential to devastate our state’s economy, environment and our way of life.

Source: QLD DAF

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