Help short-circuit electric ants in Kuranda

News release | 16-Sep-2020

Kuranda residents are being asked to support a four-week campaign to help eradicate electric ants from the area.

National Electric Ant Eradication Program Principal Project Officer Gary Morton said the campaign aimed to educate people about reducing the risk of bringing electric ants onto their property.

“High-risk activities such as swapping pot plants or cuttings contributes to the spreading of electric ants and creation of new infestations,” Mr Morton said.

“People often unwittingly spread electric ants so it’s important to know about simple ways they can reduce the risks through quarantining and checking plants they receive or intend to swap.

“For example, if buying or swapping pot plants or cuttings, get them checked or self-quarantine them and, if you see any suspect ants or are being stung in your garden or pool, contact the program on 13 25 23.”

Mr Morton said the campaign would run from Saturday 26 September 2020 to Saturday 24 October 2020.

“During the campaign, National Electric Ant Eradication Program staff will be on hand at Kuranda Envirocare on Saturday 26 September 2020 from 10.00am until midday to talk to residents,” Mr Morton said.

“Residents can learn more about the threat of electric ants and how to identify them, pick up a free self-survey kit, register for a free yard check, and learn more about the ways to quarantine and check pot plants to reduce the risk of spreading electric ants.

“Residents can also get information from stalls at the Kuranda Foodworks on Thursday 1 October 2020 and at the Koah Markets on Saturday 3 October 2020.”

Mr Morton said that, currently, electric ants were found only in North Queensland.

“Worryingly, the Kuranda region is a high-risk area with one in five of all our electric ant infestations have been found in the Kuranda, Myola, Speewah and Koah areas,” Mr Morton said.

“Electric ants are a significant environmental, health and agricultural pest so it is in everyone’s interest to lend a hand to eradicate them.

“Working together is the best way to help eradicate them and I encourage all Kuranda residents to get involved by calling the National Electric Ant Eradication Program on 13 25 23 or visiting www.daf.qld.gov.au/anthunt to register for a free yard check.”

Where and when:

The National Electric Ant Eradication Program will be at Kuranda Envirocare, 284 Myola Rd, Kuranda, on Saturday 26 September 2020 and Saturday 24 October 2020 from 10.00am until midday.

Information stalls will be at the Kuranda Foodworks, 16 Thooree Street, Kuranda, on Thursday 1 October 2020 from 11.00am until 4.00pm and the Koah Markets on Saturday 3 October 2020.

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