Backyard blitz to target electric ants in the Kuranda region this week
News release | 20-Oct-2023
The National Electric Ant Eradication Program (NEAEP) is issuing a rallying cry to residents, landowners, and business owners in the Kuranda, Myola, Kowrowa, Speewah, and Koah regions to unite against the persistent threat posed by electric ants.
Electric ants are dangerous invasive pests which can inflict a painful, long-lasting sting. Since their initial detection in Kuranda in 2010, 35 infestations of electric ants have been identified in the region. This represents nearly one in five of all infestations recorded in Far North Queensland.
The NEAEP is joining forces with the Yellow Crazy Ant Community Taskforce and Kuranda Envirocare to execute a large-scale surveillance effort aimed at identifying electric ants and yellow crazy ants during a 2-day blitz scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, 2023.
Chief Biosecurity Officer Rachel Chay urged residents to participate by registering for a free yard check or ordering a self-surveillance kit.
“It is very important that we leave no stone unturned in this endeavour,” Dr Chay said.
“Missing even one property with an infestation could jeopardize the entire operation. Your involvement can make a significant difference.”
For those who wish to volunteer and actively participate in the blitz, please meet at 284 Myola Road, Kuranda from 7:45 AM on both October 21 and October 22 or email ElectricAntInfo@daf.qld.gov.au .
The surveillance activities will run from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on both days, and a BBQ lunch will be provided to all participants.
Your efforts will directly contribute to the safety of your community and the preservation of the local environment.
For more information about the National Electric Ant Eradication Program and this initiative, please visit our website at www.daf.qld.gov.au/anthunt .
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