Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Help stop the spread of fire ants

The NPWS is working closely with NSW Department of Primary Industries to ensure that New South Wales remains free of fire ants.

If you think you have found fire ants, don't touch them or their nest, and don't use liquid (such as water and methylated spirits) to try and kill them. Instead, take one of the following steps:

1. Call NSW Department of Primary Industries on 1800 675 821

2. Carefully kill some larger ants (workers) that are away from the nest, using household insecticide spray. Use a spoon to scoop up the dead ants, place them in a sturdy plastic container, and take them to your local NPWS office or mail them to:

    Taxonomy Unit
    Orange Agricultural Institute
    Forest Road
    Orange NSW 2800


Page last updated: 16 December 2014