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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Little Fire Ants (LFA) on Oahu 
Biweekly Update


Wasmannia auropunctata on chopstick with peanut butter

In December 2013, The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) confirmed that Little Fire Ant (LFA) had spread from Hawaii Island to Oahu and Maui.  An inter-agency team led by HDOA was mobilized to respond to this pest emergency.  This update is specific to the Oahu based response.

Please find below the latest update or click here to view/download as PDF

Contact Randy Bartlett, LFA Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update.
Randy Bartlett: Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov or (808) 870-6443

*Biweekly LFA updates will be sent to the full HISC Listserv, to opt-out of the updates, please respond to this email indicating you do not wish to receive them.

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October 20 - November 2, 2014
  • In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 5 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.
  • On October 23, in the area surrounding McCoy Pavilion, members of the LFA ICS team conducted a hands-on train the trainer LFA survey demonstration for staff of the City and County of Honolulu.  There were 20 attendees from various departments including Parks and Recreation, Board of Water Supply, Facility Maintenance, Enterprise Services, Environmental Services, Planning and Permitting, and Emergency Management.  The demonstration included a brief background and history of LFA on Oahu, deploying and collecting vials containing peanut butter bait, and using GPS units to track locations where each vial was placed.
  • Treatments were completed in Waimanalo and Mililani-Mauka on November 29 – 31 and follow-up monitoring continues to indicate decreases in LFA.  In Waimanalo, post treatment monitoring yielded only 2 samples positive with LFA out of the 70 that were collected.
  • On November 27, partners including the Maui Invasive Species Committee, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and the Hawaii Ant Lab met on Maui to develop a plan for the newly discovered infestation in Nahiku.  The team visited the site, discussed options, and began formulating a strategy.  The terrain in the area represents significant challenges for treatment and the first steps will be to treat the most heavily infested lands while continuing to delimit and working out methods to treat in the very difficult landscape.
  • The Stop LFA Day community event in Waimanalo on November 1 was a great success.  28 volunteers surveyed roadsides near the existing infestations and out of over 200 samples collected, no LFA were found.  Additionally, residents brought in samples from their own homes or just stopped by to ask questions and get more information about LFA.
  • Little fact about Little Fire Ants: Tahiti has been hit hard by the invasion of LFA.  Lands upon which families subsisted for generations have been abandoned to the ants, and where people have stayed, they experience daily stings and significantly reduced land production.
This report uses the best information available at the time of writing and is not an official record of the project. Its purpose is to update partner agencies and concerned individuals about project progress. Questions regarding information in the report can be addressed by calling the incident command post at 973-9528. Mahalo.
 
NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
WILLIAM AILA, JR
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
GARY GILL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 
MARIA GALLO, PhD
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I
 
LEO ASUNCION
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM, OFFICE OF PLANNING
 
DAVID RODRIGUEZ
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 Your HISC Support Team:

Joshua Atwood, HISC Program Supervisor: 808.587.4154  or Joshua.P.Atwood@hawaii.gov

Randy Bartlett, HISC Interagency Coordinator: 808.870.6443 or Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov

Emily Montgomery, Planner: 808.587.4185 or Emily.C.Montgomery@hawaii.gov

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