Help for fire ants program
AN ADDITIONAL 140 staff members have been added to the team working to eradicate fire ants in Queensland.
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said the decade-long eradication program starting this month would double the effort to neutralise the threat of red imported fire ants.
“The focus of the eradication program over the next 10 years is to reduce the size of the infestation in a staged approach, rolling out an eradication treatment program from west to east,” Mr Byrne said.
“Three rounds of bait treatment will be applied over a nine-month period, with the bait treatment expected to commence this month.”
Successive governments have spent $353 million on eradication since fire ants were first detected in 2001.