Three-Year Yellow Crazy Ants Eradication Treatment Trial Rolls Out in the Gap

A yellow crazy ants eradication trial that aims to treat both public and private land at no cost to landholders will soon commence in The Gap. This is part of an ongoing effort to help eradicate the species, considered to be one of the 100 most invasive species in the world.

In partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the program strategy uses an Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) approved treatment.

To occur every three months, the eradication trial program comprises three separate treatments. Once completed, Council will survey the trial areas to determine whether the yellow crazy ants have been fully eradicated, or if further treatments are needed.

 Three-Year Yellow Crazy Ants Eradication Treatment Trial Rolls Out in the Gap
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The areas at The Gap that will be included in the trial are those bounded by Waterworks Road in the south. It includes all properties on the northern side of Waterworks Road within the vicinity of:

  • Arkana Street
  • Dajarra Street
  • Edina Street
  • Glenella Street
  • Kadina Street
  • Karara Street
  • Kullaroo Street
  • Lachinvar Lane
  • Marral Street
  • Nigel Street
  • Pammay Street
  • Pangela Street
  • Quirk Street
  • Romea Street

Residents in the covered areas will be notified by mail.

Active infestations of yellow crazy ants have been found in Maryborough, Arundel, Rocklea, Slacks Creek, Wacol, Banyo, Tingalpa, Chermside, Woodridge, and Eagle Farm.

Infestations were also recorded in suburban Kedron (Brisbane), suburban Edmonton and Bentley Park in Cairns, and industrial estates at Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Pinkenba, and Townsville. 

About Yellow Crazy Ants

Yellow crazy ants are native to Africa and they are known to have a high density of individual, aggressive ants and could potentially form ‚Äúsuper colonies.” Characterised by a long body and very long legs and antennae, they typically colonise habitats such as rainforest margins and agricultural land.

When disturbed, yellow crazy ants can spray formic acid that can burn or irritate the skin and eyes. If you come in contact with this acid, washing the affected area with cool, clean water may help. Seek medical advice immediately if symptoms persist or other health issues arise.

The yellow crazy ant eradication trial is being delivered with support provided by the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries through the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.

Published 16-January-2023