A keen-eyed local pest controller has reported the discovery of a new yellow crazy ant infestation in Mount Sheridan, south of Cairns.
Upon hearing the report on 16 October, the Wet Tropics Management Authority immediately responded to the discovery. It conducted surveys to determine the extent of the infestation, followed by treatments in conjunction with ongoing scheduled treatments of other known infestations.
The 19-hectare area in question affects 101 residences.
The Authority’s Executive Director, Scott Buchanan, said that while the new infestation was contained and undergoing treatment, it was a reminder to residents to remain vigilant for the invasive ants.
“The ongoing success of the Authority’s Yellow Crazy Ant Eradication Program is thanks largely to the ongoing support of local residents,” he said.
“We encourage residents to contact us if they suspect they have yellow crazy ants to ensure early detection and prevention of further spread.”
Residents are encouraged to contact the Wet Tropics Management Authority at YCA@wtma.qld.gov.au or call 4241 0525 with any enquiries.
The control of yellow crazy ant infestations in and adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.