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For the information of members: Biosecurity Queensland has destroyed a dozen fire ant nests in the Bromelton area after they were reported by a vigilant local commercial operator. 

National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program General Manager, John Jordan said the nests were destroyed with a combination of insect growth regulator bait and direct nest injection with insecticide.

“Surveillance of the area is continuing as fire ants can fly up to 5kms looking for a new place to establish,” he said.

“The local community can help by being our eyes on the ground, as they know their properties best.

“Check your property and if you see ant nests that look different or weren’t there before, please alert us. For advice on spotting fire ants and their nests, visit, or call 13 25 23.

“People should also be careful when receiving, bringing in or buying soil, mulch or hay or other material that fire ants can travel in. Ask your supplier where the material is from and if it’s free of fire ants.

“If you live and work in a fire ant Biosecurity zone in South East Queensland, you need to be aware of your general Biosecurity obligation (GBO) which is to take all reasonable steps to prevent the risk of spreading fire ants.”

  • Fire ants vary in size, between 2–6 millimetres, and are coppery-brown with a dark abdomen. Be cautious – they inflict a painful sting and are aggressive.
  • Fire ant nests look like mounds of loose soil with no entry or exit holes.
  • Fire ants have the potential to devastate our economy, environment and our way of life.

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