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) 341-3042
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April 21- May 5, 2014 Update
- On April 28 and 30, 2014, HDOA in partnership with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee and the HDOA Agricultural Resource Management Division began site preparations for treatment of the infestation in Waimanalo. Access transects have been cleared, and vegetation control has been implemented in areas that need to be treated.
- The Hawaii Ant Lab has drafted a treatment plan for the site, which will include 8 treatments over a 12-month period. Personnel with HDOA’s Pesticides Branch will be on hand to ensure the treatments are compliant with pesticide laws. Water samples from a stream running through the treatment area will be taken throughout the treatment period to test for pesticide residue.
- HDOA is actively engaging stakeholders and landowners in the surrounding area to ensure they are aware of treatment activities and any questions are answered. In addition, next week the ICS LFA Outreach Group will be participating in an afterschool program with 30 5th and 6th graders in Waimanalo training them on how to identify LFA and conduct surveys and presenting to the Waimanalo Community Association about the issue.
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: These nasty little critters hail from South America and have been spreading slowly throughout the tropics for the last 100 years. They are now found in many places such as Israel, the Galapagos, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Guam, Australia, and Hawaii.