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Fire Ant Treatment

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fire ant TREATMENT

The fire ant is one of the world’s most invasive species. Here in South East Queensland, they have the potential to negatively impact our outdoor lifestyle, our unique environment and our agriculture industry. In addition, fire ants are highly adaptive, highly aggressive and have excellent survival skills.

Under the biosecurity act of 2014, all individuals and organisations have a general Biosecurity obligation to take all responsible steps to prevent the spread of fire ants.

Queenslanders are legally required to report suspected sightings of fire ants within 24 hours of their discovery and, depending on the nest location, take action to treat the nest. If you do not do this, penalties may apply to the individual and the company.

Monetary penalties can be issued for a range of offences including moving soil from one bio-security zone to another and carry penalties of up to $5,000 each offence and up to $50,000 for companies.

Canfield Pest Control have the knowledge and qualifications to inspect, report and treat fire ants with less downtime and cost to you and your customers.


  • Do it yourself (DIY)
  • National Fire Ant Eradication Program treatment regime
  • Hire a licensed pest manager (fees apply)


Although we charge a fee for this service, our qualified team of experts have been trained to correctly treat fire ants on residential and commercial properties in South East Queensland. As licensed pest control specialists, we can treat properties using both fire ant bait and liquid insecticide via direct nest injection for a quick and effective treatment.
Here are some other reasons why you should consider using Canfield Pest Control for your fire ant treatment:
  • We are licensed and authorised pest managers

  • No more waiting 8+ weeks to start your project. When using Canfield Pest Control there is limited downtime (about 72 hours) when an active nest is found.

  • We take care of all the Biosecurity paperwork (reports can take up to 3 hours for you per active nest). 

  • We only use fipronil based chemicals and a direct nest injection method to guarantee whole nest eradication.

What damage can fire ants cause?

Because of their stings, fire ants are considered a dangerous pest. A fire ant encounter usually involves dozens of ants moving quickly and undetected. By the time they sting, there may be tens or hundreds of ants on your body, and they tend to all sting at once.

It is possible for the stings from fire ants to cause a painful, burning and itching sensation that can last for an hour. When several stings occur, the body feels like it is on fire. If you observe any symptoms of a severe reaction in someone who has been stung by fire ants seek urgent medical advice. 

People are not the only ones who are affected. Dogs and cats can also be stung and injured, and exposure to venom may cause allergic reactions or blindness.

It is possible for fire ants to form nest mounds on lawns, sporting fields, or golf courses, which could have serious economic impacts. Electrical equipment can also suffer expensive damage due to ant activities and nesting materials. 

Fire ants can have devastating consequences for our environment, economy, and human health. For these reasons, fire ant treatment should be carried out as soon as possible. 

Our Fire Ant treatment process



Native to South America, fire ants are small, coppery brown ants that can inflict painful stings on humans and animals. They can also have major impacts on our environment and agriculture.


Solenopsis invicta


  • copper brown in colour with a darker abdomen
  • quite small at 2 – 6 mm
  • found in a variety of sizes within the one nest.

Top 5 places to check for fire ants

  • Lawns
  • Footpaths, driveways and fence lines
  • Garden beds
  • Near water sources
  • Utility pits, including water and gas metres.

To find out more information about fire ants – click here to be taken to the Queensland Biosecurity website. All the information you need to keep up to date with news and information on fire ants can be found on their site.


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