About fire ants

Please report suspect fire ants online or contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

First detected in the Brisbane area in February 2001, these South American ants pose a serious social, economic and environmental threat.

Fire ants are a category 1 restricted pest under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF,1.5MB) and landholders must report suspected sightings of fire ants on their property to Biosecurity Queensland or face heavy fines.

  • Identification

    Identification information for fire ants along with distribution, a description of their nests and how to report them.

  • Biology and ecology

    Basic details of the fire ant’s classification, distribution, ecology, reproduction, nest and food.

  • Impacts and problems

    Information on social, environmental, and economic impacts of fire ants including treatment of stings.

  • Frequently asked questions

    Answers to frequently asked questions about fire ants.

  • Further information

    Links to more fire ant resources, including information about fire ants in other Australian states and overseas

Last updated 01 July 2016