Fire ants moving in on Lockyer Valley's salad bowl

Fire ants are now threatening Southeast Queensland's $230 million ‘salad bowl’ for the very first time.

They were first found in Greater Brisbane in 2001 mostly spreading through the urban areas of Ipswich, Logan and southern Brisbane.

On Wednesday, Biosecurity Queensland's director Sarah Corcoran confirmed fire ants which devastated American crops are now approaching our Lockyer Valley region.

The Lockyer Valley produces most of Australia's beetroot as well as 40% of the vegetables consumed in Southeast Queensland.

Ms Corcoran said, "It would have serious impacts on the production of the crops if they become established, as they actually eat various crops".