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Biosecurity destroys fire ant nest in Laidley South

WAGING BATTLE: Biosecurity show local farmers and residents a direct fire ant nest injection demonstration on Monday in Laidley South.
WAGING BATTLE: Biosecurity show local farmers and residents a direct fire ant nest injection demonstration on Monday in Laidley South. Tom Threadingham

THE battle against the invasive fire ants continues with another nest destroyed in the Lockyer Valley.

About 80 local farmers and residents gathered at a property in Laidley South on Monday to watch Biosecurity Queensland destroy a fire ant nest.

Biosecurity invited the group along to not only witness first-hand what fire ants and their nests look like but to learn more about how to reduce the risk.

The nest, located off Mulgowie Rd, is the 24th colony to be located in the Lockyer Valley, which is a low number according to Biosecurity Queensland Senior Liaison Officer Kimmy Wolfenden.

However, Mrs Wolfenden said Biosecurity was working harder than ever to keep the Lockyer Valley free of fire ants.

"The Lockyer Valley is really on the Western border of the fire ant infestation and that's why we are working so hard to keep them out of this area," she said.

"It's a big threat and we've been working really closely with local producers and council to create as much awareness as we can."

"Its very much still a battle but with people's support we can keep them out of the valley, we just need people to be vigilant.

Property owner Norm Davenport said he discovered the nest while mowing.

"As I was mowing I saw this little mound of dirt and I thought a dog had buried a bone in there," he said.

"But as I came back around I had a look and they (fire ants) were there."

An information session will be held on July 30 at 5.30pm at the Blenheim Hall.

For more information on fire ants, visit daff.qld.gov.au/fireantsor call 13 25 23.

Topics:  biosecurity, fire ants, laidley


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