Communities most at risk from fire ants are on the hit list for the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program’s next treatment season.
As ground temperatures are increasing, and fire ants are starting to come out of winter hibernation to forage for food, now is the ideal time to start baiting again.
Until approximately June 2020, ground and aerial crews will be spreading fire ant bait across areas of the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast.
By the end of this treatment season we will see further evidence that our strategy to work from the west of the infestation is succeeding.
Initial reports are very positive, with residents in parts of the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the Ipswich City local government areas telling us, “there used to be ants, now there are none”.
As part of the treatment program, program officers will be entering properties to disperse fire ant bait over lawns, garden beds, paddocks and open areas.
If officers are in your neighbourhood, please allow them to access your property to conduct treatment. They are easily identified by their uniform and identification cards.
Fire ant bait is made up of corn grit soaked in soybean oil with an added insect growth regulator—the active ingredients are widely used in mosquito control programs and in dog and cat flea collars. The bait is not harmful to humans, plants or animals.
10-year fire ant eradication plan
Over the course of the 10-year program, resources are focused on eradication strategies, working from the western boundary of the infestation area to the east.
Containment strategies are also in place, with suppression of fire ants undertaken within our operational boundaries to minimise their spread until eradication actions are applied.
This season, we’re aiming to complete eradication treatment in the west while controlling ant populations in heavily infested areas, including suburbs of western Ipswich, Logan and northern Gold Coast.
Residents with fire ants can also choose the new self-management option, by engaging a pest manager to treat their property.
Listen to what our farmers out west have to say: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4xYNpQ38tI