Electric ants in Queensland

Electric ants are a serious invasive pest that have the potential to impact our outdoor lifestyle, unique environment and profitable agriculture.

For this reason, electric ants are category 1 restricted matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014. Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, all Queenslanders have a general biosecurity obligation (GBO) to manage biosecurity risks and threats that are under their control, they know about or they are expected to know about.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, an electric ant biosecurity zone has been declared in a number of Cairns suburbs and surrounding localities which restrict the movement of materials that can spread electric ants (electric ant carriers).

Electric ants live in soil and most materials that touch soil, including plant and inorganic materials. Moving any electric ant carriers poses a serious risk of spreading electric ants.

This guide explains how to identify and report suspect ants, how your business can comply with movement controls and deal with electric ant carriers, and how the current surveillance and treatment programs work.