Electric ant shock at Kuranda

News release | 26-Jun-2018

Thanks to the sharp eyes and enthusiasm of local residents, Biosecurity Queensland has identified new infestations of electric ants in the Cairns area, three of which are at Kuranda.

National Electric Ant Eradication Program Coordinator, Gary Morton said the recent ‘Join The Ant Hunt’ campaign had been hugely successful with more than 1700 people registering their properties for a free yard check.

“Our field teams are now finalising those checks, as well as visiting dozens of regional markets and retail outlets at Mossman, Port Douglas, Cairns, Innisfail, Mission Beach and the Atherton Tableland,” he said.

“We’ve been able to confirm nine previously undetected infestations, including a cluster at Kuranda,“ he said.

“In the coming weeks, we’ll be focusing our survey efforts on Kuranda, Myola, Kowrowa, Speewah and Koah to see if there are any more infestations and also continue treating those that we’ve found.

“Residents and business owners in these areas can help us by allowing ease of entry to their properties and alerting our crews to any locked gates or dogs on the premises.”

Community members are also encouraged to attend:

‘Electric Ant - Q & A Session’
Kuranda Recreation Centre
Fallon Rd, Kuranda
7.30PM Monday 2 July 2018

Mr Morton said it was important that anybody who had bought or swapped pot plants in the past few years made contact with the program on 13 25 23.

“There is still time to register for that free yard check, and it’s better to be safe than sorry,” he said.

“Since the National Electric Ant Eradication Program started in 2006, almost all new electric ant infestations have been caused by the ants being spread by people.

“Most new finds can be traced back to pot plants being shared, swapped or sold at markets, or, from people illegally dumping green waste instead of taking it to the tip or transfer station.”

Electric ants are a serious invasive species that have the potential to ruin our Queensland way of life, affect our health and have serious environmental impacts.

For further information, visit www.anthunt.daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

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