Watch out for fire ant in­va­sion

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

A NEST of red fire ants at Pine Moun­tain close to the boundary of the Som­er­set area has been re­ported and res­i­dents have been urged to re­main vig­i­lant.

Biose­cu­rity Queens­land of­fi­cers have de­stroyed the nest and bait treated the im­me­di­ate sur­round­ing area.

Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Graeme Lehmann urged res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant and re­port any sus­pect look­ing ants to Biose­cu­rity Queens­land, a sec­tion of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries.

The dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture of fire ants is their vari­ance of size be­tween two to six mil­lime­tres.

Their colour is cop­pery-brown with a dark ab­domen.

Fire ants in­flict a painful sting and are ag­gres­sive.

Their nests ap­pear as mounds of loose soil with no en­try or exit holes and can of­ten be found around fence lines, dams, edges of cul­ti­vated land, crop land post-har­vest, gar­den beds, lawns and taps.

For in­for­ma­tion on iden­ti­fy­ing fire ants and to re­port any sus­pected sight­ings, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/fire­ants or phone 132 523.

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