Imported pest sighting surge
The fire ant is the most aggressive ant in the world, they swarm victims in seconds biting repeatedly causing welts and pustules and in an estimated 5% of cases they can cause death from allergic reaction. Sighting have increased by 70% in south east Queensland.
Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) launched an aerial surveillance operation and also urged residents to check their properties for the pest which they have received an unexpected amount of response from residents. Over 800 reports of suspicious ants received and helped make more than 400 new detections of colonies.
National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program director Sarah Corcoran said to the Gold Coast Bulletin that the eradication program will use the intelligence gathered by field teams and public reports to adjust aerial surveillance and will help them be able to corner fire ants and wipe them out one nest at a time.