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Fire ants in Australia
In Australia, there have been six separate incursions of fire ants. Five recorded in Queensland and one in Port Botany, New South Wales.
In Queensland, the first two incursions were discovered in 2001, one in the south western suburbs of Brisbane and the other at the Port of Brisbane. The third and fourth incursions were found in Yarwun, Central Queensland in 2006 and 2013. The fifth and most recent incursion to Queensland was found at Brisbane Airport in 2015.
The Port Botany incursion was discovered in 2014 with the NSW Department of Primary Industries leading the eradication response. Biosecurity Queensland provided assistance in the initial response and provides ongoing scientific and operational support when required.
Both the Port of Brisbane and the 2006 Yarwun incursions have been successfully eradicated and the 2013 Yarwun incursion is due to be declared eradicated in July 2016. Spread from the initial Brisbane infestation has led to infestations around the greater Brisbane area including Ipswich, Logan and Redlands. Isolated infestation has also been found in Scenic Rim, Gold Coast and Lockyer Valley.
Below are links to fire ants pages in other states.
- NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet - The Office of Environment and Heritage
- NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services - Primary Industries
- Victorian Department of Primary Industries
Fire ants in the United States
More than 100 million hectares of America's southern states are infested with fire ants. Below are links to information about fire ants in the United States and what is being done to control them.
- United States Department of Agriculture
Information on the fire ant situation in America, including the biological controls being trialled there
- California Department of Food & Agriculture
Home page of the Californian Fire Ant Eradication Program
- Texas A&M University
Information on the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research & Management Plan, and further fire ant information, educational materials and research
- Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)
Report from the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk Project on the potential environmental impacts if fire ants are introduced to Hawaii