Treatment for fire ants

Fire ant bait treatment is being conducted from September 2015 to May 2016. 

If you live in the treatment area Biosecurity Queensland Officers will need to access your property to conduct fire ant bait treatment. All officers will display official Queensland Government identification and will not need to enter your house or buildings.

To notify us of any access issues for your property, such as dogs or locked gates, complete an online property information form or call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Bait treatment

Biosecurity officers spreading bait

Fire Ant Program staff spreading fire ant bait.

Fire ant bait treatment involves spreading small pieces of corn soaked with an insect growth regulator across backyards and garden areas as well as parklands and paddocks.

The insect growth regulator leads to the sterilisation of the fire ant colony's queen when eaten. The colony will then die-out over a period of weeks. Repeated bait treatment leads to the eradication of fire ants in the treatment area.

Two or three rounds of bait treatment will be conducted between September 2015 and May 2016.

If you live in the treatment area, you will receive a letter advising that access to your property to conduct bait treatment is required. A Biosecurity Queensland Officer will spread the bait over your lawns, garden beds and other open areas. There is no health or environmental danger associated with the bait. For further information about fire ant bait treatment, please read the fire ant bait treatment frequently asked questions.

Aerial treatment

Properties within the treatment area that are larger than 5 hectares, may be suitable to be treated by helicopter. Treating by helicopter is quick and easy particularly in areas that can't be reached on foot or by vehicle.

The helicopter flies 15 meters above the ground when releasing the bait. The bait is spread over vegetated areas, leaving a buffer of 40-100 meters around houses, water tanks and other structures.

Biosecurity Queensland will notify local residents before bait treatment flights commence in their area. Biosecurity Queensland Officers will be present on the ground at all times whilst the helicopter is in flight and signage will be displayed in the treatment area.

Further information

Last updated 25 September 2015