Identifying and reporting electric ants
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 category 1 restricted matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014, and 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.
Electric ants live in soil and most materials that touch soil, including plant and inorganic materials. Moving these materials poses a serious risk of spreading electric ants.
Identifying electric ants
- are tiny—about 1.5mm long
- are golden brown in colour
- are usually slow moving
- are social and are often found in groups
- establish colonies anywhere and have been found under stones, in potted plants, in garden waste, leaf litter, soil, trees, around swimming pools and water courses, and may be in wall cavities, clothing, bedding, garden furniture or camping gear
- can be found in wet or dry conditions
- can survive in water and may sting you in your swimming pool.
It's vital that you are able to identify electric ants on your property. For more help with identification: