Fire Ants – Movement of Potted Plants Interstate

First detected in the Brisbane area in February 2001, these South American ants pose a serious social, economic and environmental threat.

Fire ants have been declared a notifiable pest under the Plant Protection Act 1989 and landholders must report suspected sightings of fire ants on their property to Biosecurity Queensland or face heavy fines

Fire ants are dangerous imported pests that could spread to large areas of Australia, severely damaging the environment, our outdoor lifestyle and the agriculture and tourism industries.

You can view the Queensland Government  Fire Ant  Web Site by CLICKING HERE

 For purposes of interstate trade, the entire state of Queensland is under quarantine, due to the threat of

This means that all plants moving interstate are required to have either · Plant Health Certificate; or a · Plant Health Assurance Certificate to accompany the consignment:

For more information and assistance contact the Department of Primary Industries – Fire Ants  on Line or Phone 13 25 23.

It is important for plant growers and collectors to be familiar with the precautions and regulations governing fire ant control.

There are very serious consequences which follow if we neglect to do our part in controlling this pest. Our way of life could be threatened. Literature is available from our Librarian.

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