National Biosecurity Management Group Communiqué: Browsing ant at the Port of Brisbane, Queensland – 21 June 2019

The National Biosecurity Management Group (NBMG) - comprising all Australian governments – has agreed to a two year eradication response plan for Browsing Ant Queensland.

Browsing ant was detected on 23 April 2019 at the Port of Brisbane, Queensland by Commonwealth Department of Agriculture staff during routine surveillance activity.

Browsing ants (Lepisiota frauenfeldi) are an exotic species that form large colonies and displace or eat native flora and fauna. This species has the potential to create significant environmental impacts but is not harmful to people or pets.

All known infestations are being treated and monitored by Queensland biosecurity staff. Odour detector surveillance dogs have proven very useful in locating nests. This, along with on the ground efforts by both the Department of Agriculture and Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, have ensured early detection and treatment of this pest.

Anyone who suspects that they have found an invasive ant population should report it to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 as soon as possible.

For more information on current national biosecurity responses please visit the national pest and disease outbreaks web page.