Kuranda - treatment of yellow crazy ants

In 2013 an infestation of yellow crazy ants was found in the Russett Park area near Kuranda and has now become established over about 27ha.

You can find out all about the impacts of yellow crazy ants on our Stamp Out Yellow Crazy Ants page.

 

Consent forms

As part of the treatment program we will need the cooperation of local residents. You have probably already received some information about yellow crazy ants and been asked to fill out a consent form. These forms allow a pest controller to enter your property to lay ant baits when required.

The consent forms also allow you to ask the pest controller to contact you before treatments to manage locked gates and dangerous pets.

You can download a consent form for yellow crazy ants here if you have not yet filled one out.

 

The Russett Park treatment program 

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has received $2M funding from the Australian Government to eradicate yellow crazy ants from the Edmonton area and surrounds. The program has been extended to include the Russett Park infestation and will run for five years, from 2013 to 2018. Details of the eradication program for Russett Park are listed below.

Aerial baiting

  • 25-26 August 2016 - Next round of aerial baiting completed using Engage P.
  • 25-26 July 2016 - Aerial baiting completed using Fipronil bait.
  • 12 April 2016 - Aerial baiting using EngageP was completed over 10ha.
  • 17 July 2015 - Aerial baiting using Fipronil was completed over 10ha.

Ground baiting (dry weather required)

  • August 2016 - On ground treatment with Engage P completed.
  • Late July 2016 - On ground treatment using Firponil bait was completed by Kuranda Community Taskforce.
  • 23 April 2016 - On ground treatment using Engage P was completed by Kuranda Community Taskforce and the Green Army program.
  • 23 Januray 2016 - On ground treatment using Engage P was completed by Kuranda Community Taskforce and the Green Army program.
  • 26-29 September 2015 - On ground treatment using Engage P was completed by Kuranda Community Taskforce and the Green Army program.
  • 17 July 2015 - On ground treatment using Fipronil was completed by Kuranda Community Taskforce in conjunction with aerial baiting.
  • 23 April 2015 - Treatment using Engage P was completed over the past four weeks.
  • 16 March 2015 - monitoring of the Kuranda infestation was conducted to collect baseline data on ant densities.
  • November 2014 - the second round of on-ground treatment of the yellow crazy ants was completed using Engage P which is a growth regulator.
  • 31 October 2014 - The second round of baiting was completed.
  • 23 June 2014 - Safeway Pest Control completed the forst round of ground baiting using Engage P in residential areas, riparian areas and areas within 5m of waterways and storm drains. This round covered 95 percent of the infested area. Residents will see a gradual decline in the numbers of yellow crazy ants over the next three months

Map of the treatment area

You can download a map of the treatment area for the Russett Park infestation of yellow crazy ants in April 2016 (2.5MB).

 

Further information

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