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
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June 16 - 30, 2014 Update
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.
- In this past operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 5 surveys on priority sites on Oahu
- On Tuesday June 17, an ant sample was submitted to HDOA by a resident of Mililani-Mauka, which was confirmed positively as LFA on Wednesday June 18. On Friday June 19, immediately following this confirmation, HDOA staff surveyed the property and expanded the search to 3 adjacent residences and a section of adjacent common areas. This initial survey resulted in numerous positive LFA samples and the need to schedule a follow-up delimiting surveys to access the full area infested
- On Friday, June 27 HDOA coordinated and led phase one of the delimiting survey in Mililani-Mauka with the LFA ICS team. Surveyors included staff and volunteers from HDOA (Plant Pest Control and Plant Quarantine Branches), USFWS, CGAPS, HISC, OISC, and UH. The survey area was prioritized radiating out from the initial infested sites and staff went door to door to get survey permissions and provide information to residents. 24 residences have been surveyed as well a portion of the large gulch area behind the infested properties.
- Additional surveying is required to fully delimit the infested area. HDOA and OISC staff are processing the data from June 27 to determine a strategy for the next survey. Permission from the property owner is required for any survey activity on private property. The Mililani Town Association is working collaboratively with the LFA ICS team and has granted access to all common areas
- State Senator Dela Cruz and State Representative Fukumoto are sponsoring a town hall meeting on Monday July 14, 7:00 p.m. at Mililani-Mauka Elementary School for residents of the area. Representatives from HDOA and the Hawaii Ant Lab will be present to discuss the next steps for the community
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: The boundaries of little fire ant colonies can be very difficult to determine because the ants create super colonies of interconnected nests each with the potential to have multiple dealate (wingless) reproductive queens