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More Fire Ants Detected in Somerset

SOMERSET residents are being encouraged to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for fire ants after another confirmed case of the invasive pest was found in the region at Mount Tarampa.

Published: 8th July 2020

SOMERSET residents are being encouraged to remain vigilant and be on the lookout for fire ants after another confirmed case of the invasive pest was found in the region at Mount Tarampa.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was a timely reminder for residents to keep an eye out and report anything suspicious to Biosecurity Queensland.

Biosecurity Queensland officers destroyed two nests which are with-in Biosecurity Zone 1, on a rural property at Mount Tarampa via direct nest injection.

The first positive case of fire ants in the Somerset Regional Council area was confirmed at Lowood in August 2017 and subsequent positive detections have since been made.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was vital everyone kept an eye out for fire ants and report anything unusual.

“We can’t become complacent. I encourage all residents to check their paddocks and backyards regularly and report anything suspicious to Biosecurity Queensland so we can work together in eradicating fire ants,” Cr Lehmann said.

“It is important for Somerset residents to report any suspect ants or ant nests to Biosecurity Queensland so that funds from the eradication program are spent eradicating the pest in Somerset,” he said.

“By doing that we are also doing our bit to assist in the pest being eradicated from Queensland and Australia.”

For more information on fire ants or to report suspect fire ants visit www.daf.qld.gov.au/fireants or call 13 25 23.

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