RESIDENTS are being recruited to the fight against fire ants on the Darling Downs, with a new "communication and engagement" campaign launched this week urging people to check their properties for signs of the invasive species.

But farming lobby group Agforce fears the messaging misses the mark and fails to accurately identify what fire ants look like and how big of a threat they pose to regional economies and communities.

The awareness campaign is the National Fire Ant Eradication Program's latest response to the discovery of two fire ant nests at Kleinton, 17kms north west of Toowoomba, in June this year.

Red imported fire ants nest. IMAGE: Queensland G...

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