Biosecurity Queensland has quarantined an industrial site in Yarwun, Gladstone, after confirming an infestation of red imported fire ants.
Genetic testing is underway to confirm if this is a new incursion, or whether it is related to the fire ant infestation in south east Queensland or the previous fire ant infestation that was detected in the Yarwun area in 2006.
Officers are currently conducting surveillance to determine the extent of the infestation and make sure there has been no further spread.
Under the restrictions placed on the site, high risk items such as soil, plant material, or green mulch cannot be moved off the site, and any machinery or equipment moving off the site must be clean and free from soil and other risk material.
See the latest media release for more details
For residents in south east Queensland: As of 31 October 2013, changes have been made to the boundaries of the fire ant restricted area. View the current restricted area map.
Fire ants are dangerous imported pests that could spread to large areas of Australia, severely damaging the environment, our outdoor lifestyle and the agriculture and tourism industries.
Please report suspect fire ants online or call us on 13 25 23.
About fire ants
How to identify fire ants, the impact of these pest ants, fire ant biology, ecology and frequently asked questions.
If you work or live in a fire ant restricted area you need to know about restrictions on moving certain risk items, restricted areas and waste facilities
National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program
What is being done to eradicate fire ants including aerial surveys and treatment, current research, how you can become a volunteer and more
Forms and notifications
Fire ant forms & surveys including the report a sighting, flights & inspector approval requests.
Education and teaching resources
Make a booking for 'Aka the Fire Ant Tracker' show or download teaching materials including strategies and contract activities
Treatment of fire ants in rural and suburban areas