Fire ant treatment pilot for Yarrabilba

Yarrabilba residents will soon have a chance to take part in a fire ant treatment pilot which will help continue the good work already done in targeting the pest.

The pilot program is run by the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program and complements treatment already carried out in the west including Lockyer Valley Scenic Rim and parts of Ipswich.

Program General Manager Graeme Dudgeon is inviting Yarrabilba residents to be proactive when it comes to controlling fire ants on their properties.

“Yarrabilba residents working together with our program means we can help reduce fire ant numbers in areas not yet receiving eradication treatment,” he said.

“Queenslanders have told us they’re keen to help get rid of this super pest and through this pilot we are encouraging a whole-of-community response,” Mr Dudgeon said.

“At-home treatment has worked with great success in places like the United States and we are confident Queenslanders will embrace it too.”

The program held its first Community Partnership Group meeting earlier this month to introduce the pilot project and better understand how to mobilise Yarrabilba residents.

Logan City Council City Lifestyle Committee Chairperson Councillor Laurie Koranski welcomed the Yarrabilba pilot project to manage fire ants in the suburb.

“It’s not only important to get behind this project as a community but also to remember we can play our part in helping stop the spread of fire ants,” Cr Koranski said.

“I encourage all residents to register for this pilot program so together we can fight this pest in Yarrabilba, and if successful, lead the way for eradicating fire ants across Logan.”

Households need to register to take part in the pilot and residents will either have their property treated by the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program, or receive free fire ant bait along with directions on how to use it correctly.

Registrations for the Yarrabilba pilot open soon.

To find out more about fire ants visit daf.qld.gov.au/fireants or call 13 25 23.