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By 11/June/2021
Pups in boots!

Pups in boots!

They may have two left feet, but our electric ant odour detection dogs are super sure-footed thanks to their specially designed safety boots.

Our dog handlers do a careful risk assessment before each job, but sharp objects, broken glass or used syringes are just some of the hazards that can be encountered in the course of duty. Wearing the boots allows the dogs to continue their search safely, protected from harm.

With their amazing ability to sniff out electric ants, our highly trained dogs are a key part of our surveillance activities in Far North Queensland.

1673 cacti seized in SEQ last year  

The top 5 invasive species detected and seized were:
   • Drooping tree pear (Opuntia monacantha)
   • Bunny ears (Opuntia microdasys)
   • Eves pin (Austrocylindropuntia subulata)
   • Velvety tree pear (Opuntia tomentosa)
   • Blind cactus (Opuntia rufida)

Every cactus could lead to a new weed infestation, potentially impacting our agricultural industries and environment.
If you’re unsure which cacti are banned in Queensland, check our website or call 13 25 23.

Going fishing?

Winter in Queensland can offer some of the best fishing conditions.

If you’re using prawns for bait, make sure they are Australian wild-caught from a quality bait supplier or catch your own. Using raw imported prawns as bait could introduce diseases to our waterways.

Help prevent white spot disease from spreading outside Moreton Bay. Don’t move uncooked prawns, yabbies or marine worms caught in Moreton Bay outside this area

Also known as “mile-a-minute” 

Mikania vine (Mikania micrantha) was first found in Australia at Ingham and Bingil Bay in North Queensland. It has since been detected at several other locations near Ingham and Mission Beach, plus one location near Speewah (near Mareeba).

It has smooth heart-shaped leaves, 4–13 cm long, that grow in opposite pairs along slender, ribbed stems that have fine white hairs.

Mikania will be flowering around this time of year, with masses of tiny pale flowers that contain millions of even tinier seeds that are dispersed by wind, so if you see any, report it ASAP by calling 13 25 23.

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