Biosecurity Queensland is undertaking regular surveillance and treatment for electric ants, and asks the public to be on the lookout for tiny ants with painful stings.

The ants favour hiding under debris, stones, leaf litter and rotten trees and limbs rather than establishing distinct nests. They are about 1-1.5mm long and are golden brown in colour. The ants can inflict a painful sting and inject venom that can cause painful itchiness, persistent pimples and occasionally a severe allergic reaction. They are also known to sting the eyes of pets and cause blindness.

Please report any suspicious ants to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23