The aim of our 10-year Eradication Plan is to reduce the size of the infestation in South East Queensland using a staged, rolling treatment strategy.
Our program has $411.4 million to spend between 2017 and 2027 to find, contain, and destroy fire ants in South East Queensland.
The 10-year Eradication Plan is to reduce the size of the infestation systematically, starting in the west of the infestation and progressively moving to the east.
Fire ant containment map (PDF, 4.8MB)
The map of proposed priority areas under our 10-year Eradication Plan provides a visual representation of our strategy. The timing, frequency, and target areas of these activities vary, however they always comprise of:
- Eradication treatment
- Suppression treatment
- Community treatment
Stages of eradication
There are 5 phases critical to eradicating fire ants from South East Queensland.
When a suburb is added to our eradication treatment area it will take a significant period of time for it to progress through all phases, and freedom of fire ants can be declared. Some of these stages will overlap.