Electric ants in Queensland

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

For this reason, the electric ant is a category 1 restricted pest under the Biosecurity Act 2014, and everyone has a legal obligation to inform the Queensland Government of possible electric ant colonies.

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

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, biosecurity zones have been declared in a number of Cairns suburbs, which restrict the movement of materials that can spread 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 program works.