Red imported fire antsBecause of their aggression and fiery sting, the establishment of red imported fire ant nests can threaten our outdoor lifestyle, the environment and the production of some agricultural industries. They can also impact on the value of land and businesses.

About the pest

The ants are 2-6mm long, reddish-brown in colour and very aggressive. They can sting en masse and cause blistering and sometimes an allergic reaction.


Arm bitten by RIFARed imported fire ants can be spread through the movement of infested materials, such as pot plants, soil, mulch and timber.

More information

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Maps of fire ant restricted areas

Department of the Environment