Fire ant eradication begins

Targeting: Fire ants in the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley are being eradicated by a biosecurity strategy.

Targeting: Fire ants in the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley are being eradicated by a biosecurity strategy.

Residents in the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley have been told by State Acting Agriculture Minister Anthony Lynham that fire ant nests in their area would be eradicated through a biosecurity strategy.

Dr Lynham said the first round of a two-year eradication program had already begun.

“The first of three rounds of bait treatment is being applied between this month and June 2018 and will continue for two consecutive years in this region to eradicate fire ants,” he said.

“Our biosecurity officers can’t treat fire ant nests in wet weather as the chemicals used are ineffective in the wet conditions, so the recent rain, while welcome, has delayed treatment.

“Obviously, it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money to treat fire ant nests in wet weather.”

Dr Lynham was disappointed there was alarm raised in the community by the opposition over the pest issue.

“I am sure all Queenslanders would prefer to see a bipartisan effort on fire ants,” he said.