Fire ants

Treatment of fire ants at home

Fire ants pose a real danger to Australia. They can seriously impact our agriculture and tourism industries and have the potential to ruin our way of life. Every-day activities, such as barbecues, picnics and sporting events may no longer be possible in high-infestation areas.

Ridding fire ants from South East Queensland requires the whole community to act — from councils and businesses, to homeowners and tenants. This is why community treatment is an integral part of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program's 10-Year Eradication Plan and why we encourage all residents to report and treat fire ants if they find them on their properties.

It is a legal requirement under the Biosecurity Act 2014 to take all reasonable steps to stop fire ants from spreading.

Community fire ant treatment projects

We’re running Australia’s first community fire ant treatment projects to encourage residents in a number of suburbs to play their part in the fight against fire ants.

The program offers free online training for anyone wanting to learn more about fire ants and how to treat them correctly.

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Treating fire ants

There are 2 options for treating fire ants on your property:

  • Buy and use fire ant bait
    You can buy fire ant bait and treat the nests yourself. There are a number of baits available on the market, including through local retailers, pest chemical suppliers and online retailers. Some retailers may deliver products directly to your home. Search online for ‘fire ant bait’. It's important to follow the instructions on the label.
  • Hire a pest manager to treat the fire ants for you
    We recommend you engage a pest manager who has completed our training. They are taught the most effective way to treat fire ants. Pest managers will charge a fee for their service and we recommend you obtain a quote before proceeding. Prices may vary between pest managers.

If you opt to hire a pest manager they are legally obligated to report their treatment to the program.

If you cannot treat the fire ants yourself, the program’s treatment team will determine the best strategy and will treat your property on your behalf. Please note, treatment is prioritised based on public need and risk.

More information

Contact the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program on 13 25 23 for more information on how to check, report and treat fire ants.

In this guide:

  1. Top 5 places to check for fire ants
  2. Living in fire ant biosecurity zones
  3. Fire ant biosecurity zones suburbs list
  4. Fire ant eradication treatment
  5. Aerial fire ant treatment
  6. Treatment of fire ants by the program
  7. Treatment of fire ants at home
  8. Community fire ant treatment projects
  9. Fire ant treatment frequently asked questions
  10. Training and education about fire ants
  11. Fire ant biology and ecology

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