A New Beith hobbyist honey producer is warning his neighbours to be on the lookout for devastating fire ants after finding multiple nests in the area.
Doug Higgins' warning comes after Liberal MPs Jon Krause and Tony Perrett levelled criticism at the state government's fire ant eradication program, saying Labor has bungled the project.
The government said the program had success in the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Ipswich, and planned to head towards Jimboomba and New Beith in the coming treatment season.
Mr Higgins said he had spotted several nests near the Covella estate on Pub Lane, Greenbank, and he warned residents to be on the lookout for the pests before they spread
Mr Higgins, who lives on Wallaby Way, said he made multiple reports to Biosecurity Queensland. He urged his neighbours to do the same if they came across nests, as the pests could have a devastating impact on livestock and residents.
He said his concern was over the spread of the insects, which are resilient and could survive in tough Australian conditions, particularly after rain.
"They're spreading like wildfire," he said.
The nests look like mounds of soil, and the ants can move quickly if disturbed.
Biosecurity staff were at the sites Mr Higgins found on Thursday, marking nests.
Jordan MP Charis Mullen said the fire ant eradication program, which began in 2017, was succeeding.
."We are seeing promising results from the intensive eradication treatment in the first eradication area - Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and parts of Ipswich - with reports of 100 per cent kill rate in this area," she said.
"It is really important that local residents report any fire ant sightings or nests to the program by calling 13 25 23 as fire ants are a super pest: aggressive, highly adaptive and well-equipped for survival.
"In the coming treatment season, it is anticipated that the eradication treatment area will move further east towards areas like New Beith - and targeted for treatment designed to contain ant populations."
A Logan City Council spokesman urged residents to follow Biosecurity Queensland's advice in relation to fire ants and report any suspect nests to them directly.
"We also encourage people to follow BQ's advice regarding their ongoing management as the lead agency of the National Fire Ant Eradication Program," the spokesman said.
"Nests will be more obvious through winter, and particularly following rain."
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