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Electric ants in Queensland

The search is on for electric ants. Join the Great Backyard Electric Ant Hunt and help eradicate electric ants from Far North Queensland.

Electric ants are a serious invasive pest that have the potential to impact our outdoor lifestyle, unique environment and profitable tourism and agriculture industries. They can inflict a painful, long lasting, venomous sting. The reaction from their sting can range from moderate to severe pain and, in rare cases, may cause a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

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

The National Electric Ant Eradication Program has made significant progress in eradicating electric ants from Australia. Surveillance is ongoing, and treatment and containment measures are continuing in areas of Far North Queensland where the ants have been detected.

This guide will help you identify and effectively respond to electric ants.