Dr Pam Swepson Writer and Researcher.
Dozens of new housing estates in south-east Queensland have become infested in recent years because Biosecurity Queensland does not control the movement of fire ant carriers like soil and mulch out of infested areas. Biosecurity Queensland’s Work Plan for 2017-18 was to monitor and enforce controls on the movement of fire ant carriers outside ...Read More
2001 US experts said people carelessly or accidentally moving fire ants in truck-loads of soil, mulch or compost is the greatest threat. A program to tightly contain fire ants to a small area would likely have resulted in an infestation a fraction of what it is now and cost a fraction of the $440m+ wasted so far. Instead, Biosecurity Queensland di...Read More
Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Mark Furner, told ABC news the fire ant eradication program is ‘world class.’ Truth: The fire ant program has wasted $400m+ of public money and the infestation is now ten times worse. Truth: There is not a scrap of scientific evidence that eradicating fire ants from south-east Queensland...Read More