Banish fire ants from the Mountain in time for Christmas

Tamborine Mountain residents are reminded to collect their fire ant treatment kits to ensure their properties are free of the pest in time for the holiday season.

In phase two of the National Fire Ant Eradication Program’s community treatment project, all households can once again grab free fire ant bait from the local Visitor Information Centre.

National Program General Manager Graeme Dudgeon said no one wanted fire ants on their properties, especially not for Christmas.

“As Queenslanders we tend to spend a lot of time outdoors during the warmer months — having barbecues, picnicking and playing sports,” Mr Dudgeon said.

“By collecting your fire ant bait and treating your yard, you will be able to do this without the constant threat of being attacked by the pest these holidays.”

Getting involved in the community project is very easy. Just pop into the Visitor and Information Centre on the Mountain to collect your free treatment kit.

Your details will be taken on collection, there is no need to pre-register.

Eligible suburbs are Eagle Heights, North Tamborine and Mount Tamborine.

“Now that the weather is warming up and we are moving into the wet season, it’s a good time to treat fire ants,” Mr Dudgeon said.

“Fire ant nests tend to be more visible after rain and the pest more active during the warmer months, increasing the chance of someone being stung.

“Each household can collect two treatment kits between now and the end of March 2022.

“We need all households taking up the fight—the more people on the Mountain treating their yards for fire ants, the better chance we’ll have stopping them moving in for good.”

For more information or to report fire ants visit fireants.org.au or call 13 25 23.

The National Fire Ant Eradication Program is a nationally cost-shared program funded by all Australian state and territory governments, and the federal government.