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Brisbane Pest Control Blog | Household Pests - Brisbane Ants - Part 4
By Redlands Pest Control - Brisbane Pest Control
August 5, 2013


Hello, lets talk more about the ant species that are more commonly found around Brisbane.  According to the Brisbane City Council website, "The most dangerous ant in the Brisbane area is the fire ant. Other ants that may cause problems around the home include yellow crazy ants, green head ants, meat ants, sugar ants and funnel ants."

RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT (Solenopis invicta)

(Comparison of native ants and the fire ant : Source DPI

Key Features:

  • brown head and reddish brown body

  • Legs, mesosoam and gaster with nuermous erect hairs

  • 10-segemented antennae with 2-segemented club

  • Can be confused with similar species of Monomorium genus, but distinguising difference is the 2-segemetned club on antennae

  • 2 nodes on pedical

  • Mandibles with 4 or 5 teeth

  • Polymorphic workers

  • Can be confused with ginger ant

Food preferences

Fats and oils primarily


Variety of sizes between 2-6mm,  This is a distinguisihing feature of the fire ant.


This ant can be distinguished by its aggressive behaviour. Bites can be severe 


Contact the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) on 13 25 23 if you believe there are fire ants at your property. The DPI&F will inspect your property and carry out a treatment of the nest. There is no charge for the inspection or treatment.

Visit the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries' fire ants web page for fact sheets, images and a detection map.

 If you would like me to send you a copy of the RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT RESTRICTED AREA, produced by the DPI, please email or request via our online booking / enquiry service.

Or take a look at the RESTRICTED SUBURB LISTS, also avaialble via the DPI. 

High risk suburb list for the National Red Imported Fire Ant Restricted Areas

High risk restricted area

Acacia Ridge Deebing Heights Kingston Park Ridge Stretton
Algester Doolandella Kuraby Park Ridge South Summerholm
Amberley Drewvale Lanefield Parkinson Sumner
Ashwell Durack Larapinta Peak Crossing Sunnybank Hills
Augustine Heights Ebenezer Leichardt Purga Swanbank
Bellbird Park Edens Landing Logan Reserve Raceview Tallegalla
Belmont Eight Mile Plains Loganholme Redbank Plains Tanah Merah
Berrinba Ellen Grove Loganlea Regents Park Thagoona
Bethania Flinders View Mackenzie Richlands The Bluff
Blackstone Forest Lake Mansfield Ripley Underwood
Boronia Heights Forestdale Marsden Riverhills Upper Mount Gravatt
Brookwater Gailes Meadowbrook Rochedale Wacol
Browns Plains Goodna Moores Pocket Rosewood Walloon
Bundamba Goolman Mount Cotton Runcorn Waterford
Calamvale Greenbank Mount Marrow Seventeen Mile Rocks Waterford West
Camira Harrisville Mount Walker Shailer Park White Rock
Carindale Heathwood Munruben Sheldon Willawong
Carole Park Heritage Park Mutdapilly South Ripley Willowbank
Churchill Hillcrest North Booval Spring Mountain Wishart
Crestmead Holmview One Mile Springfield Wulkuraka
Daisy Hill Inala Oxley Springfield Central Yamanto
Darra Jeebropilly Pallara Springfield Lakes  
Low risk suburb list for the National Red Imported Fire Ant Restricted Areas

Low risk restricted area

Alexandra Hills Coopers Plains Karrabin Mount Walker West Silkstone
Archerfield Corinda Laidley Nathan Sinnamon Park
Bahrs Scrub Cornubia Laidley North New Beith Slacks Creek
Basin Pocket Dinmore Limestone Ridges New Chum Springwood
Beenleigh Eagleby Logan Central Newtown Stockleigh
Bellbowrie East Ipswich Logan Village North Ipswich Sunnybank
Booval Eastern Heights Lower Mount Walker North Maclean Thornlands
Brassall Ebbw Vale Lyons North Tivoli Tingalpa
Buccan Fig Tree Pocket Macgregor Plainland Tivoli
Burbank Forest Hill Marburg Priestdale Victoria Point
Calvert Grandchester Merryvale Redbank Warrill View
Capalaba Gumdale Middle Park Redland Bay Washpool
Carbrook Haigslea Milora Riverview West Ipswich
Carina Hatton Vale Minden Robertson Westlake
Carina Heights Ipswich Moggill Rochedale South Wilsons Plains
Chambers Flat Ironbark Mount Forbes Rocklea Woodend
Chandler Jamboree Heights Mount Gravatt Rosevale Woodridge
Coalfalls Karalee Mount Gravatt East Sadliers Crossing Woolshed
Coleyville Karawatha Mount Mort Salisbury Yeerongpilly
Collingwood Park      








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