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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March 9 - April 2, 2015
Tropical Fire Ant Little Fire Ant, Electric Ant Red Imported Fire Ant
Status: Common in dry lowlands Status: Two sites known on Oahu Status: Not known in Hawaii
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 operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 11 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.
- An LFA survey downstream of the current buffer and treatment area in Waimanalo to just mauka of Kalanianaole Highway is scheduled for April 7-8, 2015.
- LFA Treatments were conducted at Waimanalo and Mililani Mauka on March 16-17, 2015. The next treatment dates are scheduled for April 16-17, 2015. The team continues having very good results in Mililani Mauka with homeowners reporting they are not finding LFA.
- In Waimanalo, a family claiming ownership of the state-owned agricultural lot under management of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, which is being treated for LFA, caused concern that their clearing and grubbing activities on the lot may inadvertently spread LFA to other sites beyond the current buffer and treatment area. The matter is currently pending resolution in District Court.
- 6 outreach events presented LFA information to approximately 596 students and community members during this period. An estimated 300 individuals were reached at the Kunia Orchid Society Annual Show on March 20-22, 2015. Governor David Ige stopped by the outreach booth to talk with staff and commended their work on behalf of the state of Hawaii to educate and control the little fire ant. Mahalo nui to Glenn Sakamoto and HDOA for organizing our participation at the event and continuing to provide outstanding outreach on the subject.
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: Wasmannia auropunctata, commonly known as the Little Fire Ant, or, LFA, is a small pale colored ant that is widely regarded as the most dangerous threat to the Pacific Island region.