Fire Ant Eradication
What you need to know
The fire ant, a native of South America, was discovered in Brisbane in February 2001. The National Fire Ant Eradication Program, led by Biosecurity Queensland, has been using the latest research and techniques to significantly reduce fire ant numbers since the program began in September 2001. Fire ants threaten our outdoor lifestyle and stop children from safely playing in their backyards.
BQCC have created a Fire Ant Restricted Area Map which can be seen on the fire ant website www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fireants This map is updated whenever there are new detections. The site also has a search facility to check if a particular property falls within any of the Restricted Areas.
The maps can also be viewed at libraries; the Biosecurity Queensland Control Centre; local, state and federal government electoral offices; and the Biosecurity Queensland website.
For more information call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
Community Engagement at the Biosecurity Queensland Control Centre (BQCC) are asking new property buyers and new tenants who move into a property within the restricted areas to fill in a Property Information Form (PIF). This form allows them to update their site details for the resident noting possible access restrictions such as locked gates, dogs, caged birds, etc. Whilst Jimboomba is not currently (as at November 2011) within the Restricted Area, it does neighbour some other suburbs which are withing the Restricted Area.
You can access a copy of this form on the following website www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fireants . A copy of this form is also available at the Elders Real Estate Jimboomba office.
How Can You Help?
* Regularly check your property and report any suspicious ants or nests.
* If you live or work in a fire ant restricted area, check with Biosecurity Queensland before moving high-risk items such as:
– soil, sand and similar products
– pot plants and potting mixes
– baled hay and straw
– landscaping and construction materials
– earthmoving machinery and equipment
– material that has been in contact with the ground for an extended period of time
* Before excavating your property, arrange for a FREE Biosecurity Queensland site inspection.
* When purchasing high-risk items, ask your supplier or service provider if the product is fire ant free.
If you suspect you have fire ants:
* Call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23
* Don’t touch the ants or the nest
* Don’t try to treat the nest yourself
* Don’t move high-risk items off your property
If you are stung by a fire ant:
* Apply a cold compress to relieve the swelling and pain
* Gently wash the affected area with soap and water, and leave the blister intact
*** People who are allergic to insect stings should seek medical attention immediately. ***