Aerial baiting started to sterilise fire ant queens

STERILISED ANTS: Clint Mason loads the chopper with fire ant bait to spread throughout the Yarwun area.
STERILISED ANTS: Clint Mason loads the chopper with fire ant bait to spread throughout the Yarwun area. Mara Pattison-Sowden

AERIAL treatment to rid the region of the potentially deadly fire ant began on Thursday and will continue on Friday.

A long-term program will see three key areas including Fisherman's Landing, Curtis Island, and as a precaution, the council's landfill site, aerial baited in seven rounds of treatment over the next two years.

Biosecurity Queensland's Anthony Wright said granular baits were used to sterilise the fire ant colony queens.

The baits were not harmful to humans or animals as the chemical used in the bait was targeted to fire ants and commonly used in animal flea collars.

Biosecurity Queensland will hold an information day at Stockland Gladstone on Saturday, February 1 from 8.30am-12.30pm.

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