14 May, 2021
Electric Ants detected in Newell Beach
Electric ants were recently found within garden and plant waste materials at Newell Beach Transfer Station.
This means that electric ants are present somewhere within the local area.
Biosecurity Queensland needs your help in finding them quickly so that they can be treated and eradicated.
- Keep an eye on your mail for the information sheet from Biosecurity Queensland
- Free yard checks can be booked by calling 13 25 23 or visit daf.qld.gov.au/anthunt
Why do we need to find them?
Electric ants are one of the world’s worst invasive species and pose a serious threat to our outdoor lifestyle, our unique environment and our valuable agricultural and tourism industries.
- Electric ants are one of the world’s worst invasive species and can inflict a painful, itchy, long lasting, venomous sting.
- They displace our native insects and wildlife plus can blind domestic pets.
Electric ants have the potential to seriously damage our unique environment, the outdoor lifestyle we enjoy in Queensland, and our valuable farming and horticultural enterprises, which is why the Commonwealth, Queensland and other state and territory governments have been targeting this invasive pest species.
Your assistance is appreciated and is an important contribution towards eradicating this serious pest from Queensland.
If you require any further information regarding the electric ant biosecurity zone or any information contained in this email, please read the attached factsheets, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit daf.qld.gov.au/anthunt.
What happens at a yard check?
It is easy to unknowingly move them during everyday activities like garden maintenance and clearing or trimming back plants
Left unchecked, electric ants will steadily spread and are a serious threat to our outdoor lifestyle and our unique environment.
Everyone is being offered a FREE yard check and are encouraged to join in the ant hunt by registering for this free property check.
Contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit daf.qld.gov.au/anthunt.
The program’s field team will come and survey front and back yards for electric ants.
Checks are free, take just one hour and residents do not need to home so long as the team can access the property (no locked gates) and all pets are secured.
The more checks carried out, the better chance the chance of finding where the ants are.