Orders for fire ant treatment kits are now closed

Register your interest to stay informed about treatment in your area.

Orders for a free fire ant treatment kit have now closed. To learn about future initiatives, please fill out the expression of interest form.

Once ordered, treatment kits typically take a few weeks (3-4) to arrive, but during busy periods they may take longer.

My treatment kit arrived

How to apply

Choose a clear day when it hasn’t rained for at least 48 hours and there is no rain due for the next 48 hours. It is best to treat early in the morning or late in the afternoon as fire ants will not forage in the hottest parts of the day.

Do not water, mow or disturb the area for 48 hours after application.

Step 1.

Read the product label and follow the safety instructions. You can also watch the application video.

Step 2.

Twist off the cap and remove the seal.

Step 3.

Sprinkle a light dusting of the product evenly over your yard.

Step 4.

Let us know you’ve applied the product by replying to the SMS that we will send you or updating your account.

If you didn’t already have an online account, one was automatically created for you when you submitted your order along with a separate email to activate the account. Make sure you activate your account first before trying to login. With an online account you can record your treatment, report suspected fire ants and more.

There isn’t enough product for the whole property

The amount of product you will need to treat your yard will depend on your property size, for example:

  • 0–500m2 property: Apply ½ a shaker and store the rest to use later. You can find storage instructions on the label.
  • 501–1000m2 property: Apply 1 shaker
  • 1001–1750m2 property: Apply 2 shakers
  • 1751–2500m2 property: Apply 3 shakers
  • 2501m2 or above property: Apply 4 or more shakers.

These are approximate values only, so please read the label and only apply what you need.
If there isn’t enough product for your whole property, apply it first to high-traffic areas such as near the house. If you need more, you can buy fire ant products from local and online retailers. Read our fire ant bait product guide for more information.

Which suburbs were eligible?

Gold Coast

  • Advancetown
  • Alberton
  • Arundel
  • Ashmore
  • Austinville
  • Benowa
  • Biggera Waters
  • Bonogin
  • Broadbeach
  • Broadbeach Waters
  • Bundall
  • Burleigh Heads
  • Burleigh Waters
  • Carrara
  • Cedar Creek
  • Clagiraba
  • Clear Island Waters
  • Coombabah
  • Coomera
  • Gaven
  • Gilberton
  • Gilston
  • Guanaba

  • Helensvale
  • Highland Park
  • Hollywell
  • Hope Island
  • Jacobs Well
  • Kingsholme
  • Labrador
  • Lower Beechmont
  • Luscombe
  • Main Beach
  • Maudsland
  • Mermaid Beach
  • Mermaid Waters
  • Merrimac
  • Miami
  • Molendinar
  • Mount Nathan
  • Mudgeeraba
  • Nerang
  • Neranwood
  • Norwell

  • Ormeau
  • Ormeau Hills
  • Oxenford
  • Pacific Pines
  • Paradise Point
  • Parkwood
  • Pimpama
  • Reedy Creek
  • Robina
  • Runaway Bay
  • Southport
  • Stapylton
  • Steiglitz
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Tallai
  • Upper Coomera
  • Varsity Lakes
  • Willow Vale
  • Wongawallan
  • Woongoolba
  • Worongary
  • Yatala


  • Amberley
  • Ashwell
  • Augustine Heights
  • Barellan Point
  • Basin Pocket
  • Bellbird Park
  • Blacksoil
  • Blackstone
  • Booval
  • Brassall
  • Brookwater
  • Bundamba
  • Calvert
  • Camira
  • Carole Park
  • Churchill
  • Chuwar
  • Coalfalls
  • Collingwood Park
  • Deebing Heights
  • Dinmore
  • East Ipswich
  • Eastern Heights
  • Ebbw Vale
  • Ebenezer
  • Flinders View
  • Gailes
  • Goodna
  • Goolman
  • Grandchester

  • Haigslea
  • Ipswich
  • Ironbark
  • Jeebropilly
  • Karalee
  • Karrabin
  • Lanefield
  • Leichhardt
  • Lower Mount Walker
  • Marburg
  • Moores Pocket
  • Mount Forbes
  • Mount Marrow
  • Mount Mort
  • Mount Walker West
  • Muirlea
  • Mutdapilly
  • New Chum
  • Newtown
  • North Booval
  • North Ipswich
  • North Tivoli

  • One Mile
  • Peak Crossing
  • Pine Mountain
  • Purga
  • Raceview
  • Redbank
  • Redbank Plains
  • Ripley
  • Riverview
  • Rosewood
  • Sadliers Crossing
  • Silkstone
  • South Ripley
  • Spring Mountain
  • Springfield
  • Springfield Central
  • Springfield Lakes
  • Swanbank
  • Tallegalla
  • Thagoona
  • The Bluff
  • Tivoli
  • Walloon
  • West Ipswich
  • White Rock
  • Willowbank
  • Woodend
  • Woolshed
  • Wulkuraka
  • Yamanto


  • Bahrs Scrub
  • Bannockburn
  • Beenleigh
  • Belivah
  • Berrinba
  • Bethania
  • Boronia Heights
  • Browns Plains
  • Buccan
  • Carbrook
  • Cedar Creek
  • Cedar Grove
  • Cedar Vale
  • Chambers Flat
  • Cornubia
  • Crestmead
  • Daisy Hill
  • Eagleby
  • Edens Landing
  • Flagstone
  • Flinders Lakes
  • Forestdale
  • Glenlogan
  • Greenbank

  • Heritage Park
  • Hillcrest
  • Holmview
  • Jimboomba
  • Kagaru
  • Kairabah
  • Kingston
  • Logan Central
  • Logan Reserve
  • Logan Village
  • Loganholme
  • Loganlea
  • Lyons
  • Marsden
  • Meadowbrook
  • Monarch Glen
  • Mount Warren Park
  • Mundoolun
  • Munruben
  • New Beith
  • North Maclean

  • Park Ridge
  • Park Ridge South
  • Priestdale
  • Regents Park
  • Riverbend
  • Rochedale South
  • Shailer Park
  • Silverbark Ridge
  • Slacks Creek
  • South Maclean
  • Springwood
  • Stockleigh
  • Tamborine
  • Tanah Merah
  • Underwood
  • Undullah
  • Veresdale
  • Veresdale Scrub
  • Waterford
  • Waterford West
  • Windaroo
  • Wolffdene
  • Woodhill
  • Woodridge
  • Yarrabilba

I have found fire ants in my yard. What should I do?

Report fire ants

Report them online or call 13 25 23 as soon as you see them.

Even if you have reported fire ants, you can still register for and use your fire ant treatment kit.

Find out more

Fire ants are in Queensland.

They are aggressive and their stings can cause a severe burning or fiery sensation, swelling, redness and even life-threatening allergic reactions.

Fire ants could devastate our environment, economy and outdoor way of life. Ordering a fire ant treatment kit was a free and easy way to play your part in the fight against fire ants

Areas were selected based on several factors including the number of fire ant nests that have been reported, fire ant treatment already completed and planned activities in the area.

If your area was not eligible or you missed out on ordering a treatment kit, fill out the expression of interest form and we will let you know about any future initiatives.

Nothing! The treatment kit and postage were free.

The product (Distance Plus) contains small pieces of corn grit, soybean oil and an active ingredient called pyriproxyfen. This is the same ingredient used in household flea and mosquito control products. It is not harmful to humans, pets or wildlife.

The product prevents the queen from reproducing. If she cannot replenish her workforce, the colony will starve and naturally die out. You will see a large decrease in ant numbers within 3–4 weeks of using the product and after 8 weeks most ants will have died.

Please follow the instructions on the label, as there could be restrictions on its use that apply to your individual circumstances. You can also view the video below.

For more information, view the safety data sheet and label.

Tenants were welcome to participate. If you rent a property that has a body corporate (such as apartments or units), it is best to check with your property manager first.

Need help? Contact us via our online form or by calling 13 25 23.

Having problems or need help ordering a treatment kit? Contact us via our online form or by calling 13 25 23.

How to apply fire ant bait