Treatment for fire ants

Fire ant bait treatment is being conducted from September 2016 to May 2017. 

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 corn grit soaked with an insect growth regulator across backyards and garden areas as well as parklands and paddocks. Any foraging fire ants in the vicinity will collect the bait and take it back to the nest.  

The insect growth regulator within the bait leads to the sterilisation of the fire ant colony's queen,  preventing her from producing any more worker ants. The colony will then die-out over a period of weeks.

The bait treatment is not harmful to humans or animals, as it is specifically targeted at fire ants.  

Two or three rounds of bait treatment will be conducted between September and May. Repeated bait treatment leads to the eradication of fire ants in the treatment area.

If you live in the treatment area, you will receive a notice 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 cost to you when we treat your property.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act), Biosecurity Queensland officers are authorised to enter properties to conduct treatment and surveillance activities for fire ants. Entry onto all properties for treatment and surveillance is essential in eradicating fire ants and a resident cannot refuse access.  Under the Act a person must not obstruct an inspector in the exercise of an inspector’s powers or penalties will apply.

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 23 August 2016