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Fire Ants Found on the Sunshine Coast: What You Need to Know

As a Sunshine Coast local and pest control specialist here at Wipeout Termites and Pests, we were concerned to hear about the recent detection of fire ants in Nirimba. While fire ants were previously eradicated in Beerwah back in 2017, this new discovery highlights the importance of vigilance for our entire community. That's why we've put together this blog to answer your questions and empower you to take action.

Why are Fire Ants Bad?

Fire ants are a serious threat to our beautiful Sunshine Coast. In some parts of the United States, fire ant infestations are so severe that children can't play outside unsupervised. Their painful stings can cause burning, itching, and even severe allergic reactions. Not only are they a health concern, but fire ants can also wreak havoc on homes and businesses. They can damage electrical wiring, invade gardens, and disrupt native ecosystems.

Working Together to Eradicate Fire Ants

The good news is that fire ants can be eradicated, but it requires a multi-pronged approach. Here in Queensland, the government has implemented fire ant eradication programs to combat these pests. You can find more information about these programs and treatment options for fire ants in QLD at or call 132523 if you suspect you may have fire ants.

How Wipeout Can Help

Local pest control companies like Wipeout Termites and Pests are here to assist the public in the fight against fire ants. We can help you with:

  • Identification: We've undergone specialized training to identify fire ants and their nests, allowing us to confirm if you have a problem.

  • Spot Treatments:  If you have a small fire ant infestation, we can provide targeted treatment options to eliminate the problem quickly.

  • Reporting: We can guide you through the process of reporting suspected fire ant activity to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Identifying Fire Ants and Their Nests

Early detection is key! Here's how to identify fire ants and their nests:

  • Fire Ants:

  • Reddish-brown in color, 2-6mm long with varying sizes within a colony.

  • Move with a jerky, erratic gait.

  • Have a painful sting that can cause burning, itching, and welts.

  • Fire Ant Nests:

  • Appear as mounds or patches of loose soil, often 30-50cm in diameter.

  • May have no visible entry or exit holes.

  • Often found near structures, under mulch, or in potted plants.

What You Can Do

If you suspect fire ants on your property, it's crucial to act quickly. Here's what to do:

Don't panic! you should report them within 24hours of seeing them by calling 13 25 23 or fill in this form you can contact Wipeout Termites and Pests – we've got the training and experience to indentify fire ants/ report and help with treatment.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Webite This website offers excellent resources and training materials for the public.

  1. Inspect your property: Regularly check your yard and garden for signs of fire ant activity, especially around the perimeter of your home and near potential nesting sites.

Working Together to Protect Our Sunshine Coast

By staying informed, taking action, and working together, we can prevent fire ants from establishing themselves on the Sunshine Coast. Here at Wipeout Termites and Pests, we're committed to protecting our beautiful community from invasive pests like fire ants. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us – we're here to help!

Contact us 0437 122 236 email us

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