Fire Ant

What Are Fire Ants?

Fire ants are a dangerous invasive species that could spread to large areas of Australia. Fire ants could severely damage the environment, our outdoor lifestyle, and the agriculture and tourism industries. They inflict a painful, fiery sting, which can, in rare cases, cause a severe acute allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).


Fire Ants can inflict painful stings that can lead to anaphylactic shock and death.


Fire Ants can destroy crops and reduce yield by up to 60%.


Fire Ants can cause the cancellation of sporting and community events and make backyards and parks unusable.


Fire Ants can displace and kill some of Australia’s unique native species.

Fire Ants can even blind and kill pets and other animals.

Important Information

The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program has made significant progress in eradicating fire ants from Australia. Surveillance is ongoing, and treatment and containment measures are continuing in areas of South East Queensland where the ants have been detected. It is essential that you remain vigilant and report any suspected sightings to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23. The guide below will help you identify and effectively treat fire ants.

Fire Ants Treatment & Prevention

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