FIRE ANT

Gardening Australia - - WILDLIFE -

Iden­ti­fy­ing marks Cop­pery-brown body with a darker brown ab­domen (tail end). Two small seg­ments in be­tween tho­rax and ab­domen. 3–6mm long in same nest. Emer­gency mea­sures

Wash af­fected area with soap and warm wa­ter, pat dry and use an­ti­sep­tic cream or pow­der. Ap­ply cold pack to re­duce pain and swelling. Use pain-re­lief med­i­ca­tion if needed. Take an­ti­his­tamine if swelling or itch­ing per­sists. Leave any de­vel­op­ing blis­ters in­tact.

Call 000 if se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion oc­curs. Lin­ger­ing ef­fects

Sud­den sharp pain and burn with itch­ing for up to an hour. Mul­ti­ple stings may feel like the body is on fire. Itchy pus­tules can form, last­ing up to 10 days. Ac­tion needed?

You must no­tify Biose­cu­rity Queens­land on 13 25 23.

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