Fire Ant Alert

20th September 2023

Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) are fast moving, aggressive ants with a severe burning sting. Because they attack in swarms, they can cause multiple bites in one event, creating the sensation of being on fire. They are harmful to people, livestock and wildlife and consequently impact recreational and agricultural activities. Currently, there are large infestations in South Eastern Queensland and these are known to be expanding and have been sited near the border of NSW.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has recently escalated the Fire Ant emergency response to ALERT. This Emergency Order restricts the movement of materials that may carry fire ants throughout the border regions. Carrier materials include hay and baled material, plants and soil, including earthmoving equipment, mining or quarry materials. Penalties apply if these materials are found during Authorised inspections. It is important that members of the community familiarise themselves with Fire Ants and their nests. NSW DPI gives helpful identification tips and warnings at: Red Imported Fire Ants.

Tenterfield Shire Council will be running letterbox drops for more information.

Please check you properties and if you suspect the presence of fire ant nests, please contact NSW DPI on 1800 680 244 so these can be targeted early.

Fire ant nest