Industry fire ant treatment projects

Fire ants have the potential to disrupt operations in a large number of South East Queensland businesses and organisations, both publicly and privately owned.

During the 2020─21 fire ant treatment season, we're conducting a variety of industry-focused treatment projects to help reduce the impact the pest has on day-to-day operations in some areas.

The following projects aim to encourage participants to manage fire ants on properties they own or manage─under our guidance─and inform the effectiveness of this style of treatment in suppressing pest numbers.

Primary producers

A select group of primary producers in our current eradication area is treating their own properties for fire ants this treatment season. The project is particularly important for producers of food products who are in crop when we need to treat, or where it's determined the bait may damage the crop.

Participants are supplied with both fire ant bait and clear treatment instructions.

Education facilities

We're equipping all schools, universities, TAFEs and training organisations in South East Queensland─particularly in Areas 3 and 4─with the knowledge and skills they need to treat the properties they own and manage for fire ants. This applies to both proactive and reactive treatment of the pest.

This approach will enable grounds staff to add fire ant treatment to the facilities’ general pest management plan and protect staff, students and the broader community from fire ants.

Sport and recreation facilities

We're working with a number of sport and recreational facilities in Brisbane, Logan, Redlands and the Gold Coast to reduce the risk of fire ants to the health and welfare of the general community.

Participating facilities are supplied with the fire ant bait and staff is trained in how to deliver treatment effectively.

Waste-management facilities treatment

To help combat human-assisted spread of fire ants, we're working with all waste-management facilities across South East Queensland to treat their sites for fire ants regularly. This is particularly important due to the risk associated with moving materials including soil, landscaping materials, builder’s and green waste.

As part of this project we are helping facilities better understand the risks fire ant infestation pose to their day-to-day operations and help them to implement a fire ant treatment plan.

We are also working on a range of community fire ant treatment projects in suburbs across South East Queensland.