Keeping Fire Ants Front Of Mind In Northern Rivers


Residents in the Northern Rivers can meet with experts this week to learn more about the invasive pests’ potential impact on NSW communities, environment, and economy.

The National Fire Ant Eradication Program will be touring the local area over the course of the week commencing 26 February, allowing Northern Rivers community and businesses a chance to learn about what fire ants look like, what to do if they’re spotted and how to prevent any further fire ant spread.

Residents can drop in and chat with fire ant experts at the following locations:

Tuesday 27 February9am to 4pm at Bunnings Lismore

9am to 12pm at Alstonville Main Street

Wednesday 28 February9am to 12pm at Suffolk Park SPAR

9am to 12pm at Ocean Village Shopping Centre

1pm to 4pm at Bunnings Byron Bay

1pm to 4pm at Woolworths Mullumbimby

Thursday 29 February9am to 11am at Byron Bay Farmers Markets

1pm to 4pm at Kingscliff Shopping Village

1pm to 4pm at IGA Pottsville

Friday 1 March9am to 12pm at Tweed City Shopping Centre

9am to 12pm at Banora Central Shopping Centre

1pm to 4pm at Bunnings Tweed Heads

1pm to 4pm at Tweed Mall Shopping Centre

Following the destruction of detected nests within 24 hours of being called in, the NSW Government continues to actively work to eradicate fire ants following 2 recent isolated detections of the pest in South Murwillumbah and Wardell.

The response works in partnership with the National Fire Ant Eradication Program, who are responsible for the ongoing treatment and surveillance of fire ant movement control areas.

In South Murwillumbah, the program will be strategically baiting around the infested premises, whether fire ants are visible or not, ensures that no undetected fire ants exist.

Residents and businesses in the area are encouraged to authorise fire ant teams to enter the outdoor areas of their property by completing a consent form online at

Treatment is safe for people and animals and is approved by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority, containing the same active ingredients commonly found in household and agricultural pest control products, but at a much lower concentration.

In Wardell, surveillance continues to focus on the initial 500m zone as well as strategic surveillance at targeted sites.

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