DOGGY DUTIES: Aka the Biosecurity Queensland odour-detection dog shows Ava Dekleyn, 6, Jack Damrow, 5, and Darcy Dekleyn, 4, his keen sense and ability to sniff out fire ants.
DOGGY DUTIES: Aka the Biosecurity Queensland odour-detection dog shows Ava Dekleyn, 6, Jack Damrow, 5, and Darcy Dekleyn, 4, his keen sense and ability to sniff out fire ants. David Nielsen

Aka can still sniff out signs of trouble

HE MAY be retired but Biosecurity Queensland odour-detection dog Aka is still doing what he can to help people sniff out fire ants.

The labrador retriever spent years finding fire-ant nests undetectable to the human eye with his keen sense of smell.

He is now the star of an interactive and inquiry-based educational show that addresses the effects and hazards of the invasive pests.

A demonstration was held yesterday at The Queens Park Environmental Centre in line with Ipswich City Council's school holiday program.

An audience filled with dozens of children and parents watched with smiles as Aka showed off his skill in smelling out fire-ant nests.

He was joined by BQ community engagement officer Amanda Tutor, who advised people how to identify, report and behave safely around fire ants. She said the show had been presented at schools across south-east Queensland for the past year.

Ms Tutor said it was a great way to spread fire-ant awareness to a new, younger demographic.

"As a result of these shows, we've had kids discover fire-ant nests in their back yards and at their schools," she said.

For more information phone Ms Tutor on 3310 2880.



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