Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Fire ants

Fire ants were first discovered in Australia in February 2001 in the south-western suburbs and the port area of Brisbane. The Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is currently attempting to eradicate fire ants from Queensland.

In November 2014, a red imported fire ant nest was detected at Port Botany, the first reported incursion in NSW. Surveillance is being undertaken in the surrounding areas to ensure the population has not spread. Fore more information on the incursion, please see the website of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, who are leading the eradication and surveillance efforts.  

How far have fire ants spread? Why are they a problem?
Read about the damage caused by fire ants in the United States. Find out which areas are currently infested in Queensland.

Identifying fire ants
Find out what a fire ant looks - and feels - like. Learn how to spot a fire ant nest.

Help stop the spread of fire ants
Find out what to do if you think you've found a fire ant nest.

Useful links and more information
Fire ants have been listed as a 'key threatening process' in NSW. Find out why, and visit other fire ant websites.

Page last updated: 17 December 2014