5 November, 2021
Eradicate the Ant
For Whitfield resident Malcolm, a morning walk in the local park with his two dogs (Spencer and Daisy Mae) is part of a daily routine.
DURING a walk last month, he noticed a football laying in a gully behind some houses. Keen to return the footy to its owner, he went down to get it and in doing so, noticed it was covered in tiny ants.
Over two years ago, Malcolm had become aware of electric ants when an infestation was found in a creek bed behind his own house. During the process of treatment, his property was visited several times by the program’s field team who also provided information material on the invasive pest.
“I immediately knew what they were and how important it was to eradicate them as soon as possible, so I jumped online to lodge a report,” he explained.
Thanks to Malcolm’s quick action in reporting the suspect ants, work was able to start within days to determine the Malcolm (fourth from left) is pictured above with electric ant field team members Julian, Sam, Sharon, Lachlan and Josh who were applying the second round of treatment to the infested area size of the infestation and begin treatment. Early detection means electric ants have less time to establish and spread, making eradication easier and quicker.
The Program really appreciates the public’s support in reporting suspect ants and would like to thank Malcolm for his help in the fight to eradicate electric ants.
It’s easy to report suspect ants – call 13 25 23 or visit daf.qld. gov.au/anthunt.