Media

In this section you will find information on various options for communicating about invasive ants: awareness raising (prevention) and management (movement control, pesticide information when treatments are being undertaken). We have also provided  templates for posters, as well as factsheets and leaflets from other sources.

Awareness materials : Management materials 

Awareness materials

Message: to assist in prevention of incursions of invasive ants and to inform communities of the problems that these ants can cause when they establish.

Videos, posters, leaflets, presentations or radio announcements should feature the following information:

  • What the ant is called
  • A photo and description of its size and colour
  • Why it is a problem / what problems it causes
  • Where it has come from
  • Where you might find it and where it nests
  • How the ants are transported from place to place
  • Who to call if an unusual ant is seen

Videos on awareness

The PIAT YouTube channel has videos to raise awareness of invasive ants, including information on environmental, economic and agricultural damage and harm to people.

Posters for awareness raising

The PIAT has posters to raise awareness of invasive ants and biosecurity.

You can find versions of these that you can customise and translate in our set of poster templates - prevention (download 3 MB).

We also have high quality print versions that you can print. These are all designed to be printed half x A2 size (210mm x 594mm) i.e. two posters per sheet on 130gsm coated high brite paper stock. The posters are:

Printed versions of these posters can be ordered from Josua Wainqolo at SPC, Dave Moverley at SPREP or Monica Gruber at Pacific Biosecurity.

Contact us if you want high quality versions printed in your language, and we can arrange translation and printing with you.

We are currently adding versions in French and i-Kiribati to our poster catalogue.

Wet tropics Management Authority poster on yellow crazy ants in Queensland.

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Factsheets for awareness

Environment Southland Argentine ant factsheet
Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI) African big-headed ant factsheet
Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI) black crazy ant ant factsheet
Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI)red imported fire ant factsheet
Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI) Argentine ant factsheet
Invasive Species Council of Australia red imported fire ant factsheet
Invasive Species Council of Australia yellow crazy ant factsheet
Palau Bureau of Agriculture Singapore ant factsheet
Don't bring hitchhikers to New Zealand on your vessel from New Zealand MPI, is targeted at ship and yacht operators
extension.org has a range of fact sheets and other publications on red imported fire ants.

Leaflets for awareness

The invasive ants leaflet (New Zealand MPI) describes all the worst 5 invasive ants (apart from African big-headed ants) and other species of concern for New Zealand and the Pacific
Hawai'i ant lab leaflet on little fire ants

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Management materials

Management materials include information on movement controls and pesticide / health warnings.

Movement controls posters

Message: When a threat ant has been detected in the area, the community needs to be made aware and movement controls put in place.

Posters and / or leaflets should be distributed throughout the surrounding area. 

The posters should feature the following information:

  • What the ant is called
  • A photo and description of its size and colour
  • Why it is a problem
  • Where it has come from
  • Where you might find it and where it nests
  • What people can do to avoid spreading the ant
  • Who to call if an unusual ant is seen

For movement controls also:

  • Give the known area of the incursion (with a map)
  • State the possible consequences of establishment

We have created template movement control posters that you can customise and translate for your needs. 

Wet tropics Management Authority movement control poster on stamping out yellow crazy ants in Queensland.

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Pesticide awareness posters

Message: When management using insecticides is being undertaken to control an invasive ant species, the community needs to be made aware.

Warning posters should be distributed throughout the treatment area and surrounding area. 

The posters should feature the following information:

  • The name of the chemicals being used
  • When it is being used (dates from to)
  • A photograph of the bait(s)
  • Safety instructions (do not touch bait, watch children at all times, do not eat animals from this area etc.)
  • Contact details for further information or if exposure is suspected

We have created template warning posters (see example right) that you can customise and translate for your application.  

 

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Warning poster example (© Pacific Biosecurity)

In addition to warning posters it is advisable to distribute warning leaflets to all households in and around the treatment area and to anyone routinely entering the area. These leaflets should include:

  • the name of the chemical and what it does
  • A picture of what the bait(s) look like
  • How to avoid contact with the chemical
  • Symptoms of exposure to the chemical
  • Contact details for more information or if exposure is suspected.