Fire ants detected at Muirlea

FIRE ant nests have been found at Muirlea, prompting Biosecurity Queensland to ramp up its fight against fire ants.

A spokesman said Biosecurity Queensland destroyed a number of fire ant nests at Muirlea on the edge of the restricted area.

"The restricted area boundary will now be revised to include Muirlea," the spokesman said.

"The Fire Ant program is conducting additional surveillance in the area in case there are any more nests.

"This detection was reported by the property owner. The public continues to be our eyes and ears on the ground."

He said early reporting and detection of fire ant nests was critical to eradicating them.

"In the past year, community engagement and education activities with the public, businesses and schools in the Ipswich area have targeted over 100,000 residents," he said.

"Engagement activities have included community talks, displays at events, training sessions, direct mail, aerial surveillance notifications and our school education program Aka the fire ant tracker."

Fire ants are 2-6mm in size, coppery-brown with a dark abdomen and inflict a painful sting. They threaten agriculture and stop children from playing safely in their backyards. They can be found in/on high-risk materials, which include:

Construction and landscaping materials.

Soil, sand and pot plants.

Mulch and green waste.

Baled hay and stray.

Machinery and earthmoving equipment.

For more information or to book a site inspection see daff.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.



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