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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Little Fire Ants (LFA) on Oahu 
Biweekly Update


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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 on the following links 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.

For more information, click on the links below:


June 30 - July 14, 2014
  • In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 14 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.
  • Additional delimitation surveys in Mililani-Mauka were conducted to identify the extent of the infestation.  OISC mapped the data and the HAL identified the appropriate treatment area for the infestation.
  • HAL will lead the treatment in Mililani-Mauka in partnership with the LFA on Oahu ICS team.  The team will work directly with the affected residents to get consent to treat the properties.  The Mililani Town Association is also cooperating with the effort.
  • Over 300 people attended a community meeting in Mililani-Mauka hosted by Hawaii State Senators Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani.  Agencies and Organizations represented at the meeting were the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL), Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC), Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC), and the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS).  HDOA and HAL answered questions from the public and addressed the plan for the Mililani-Mauka LFA infestation.  All agencies spent time answering questions and providing information to the public after the formal meeting concluded.
  • Little fact about Little Fire Ants: Based on genetic research, the LFA in Hawaii most likely arrived on infested material from Florida, where LFA have been present since the early 1900s.
July 14 - 28, 2014
  • In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 3 surveys on priority sites on Oahu
  • HDOA and the Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL) worked with the property owners within the Mililani-Mauka LFA treatment area to get consent to treat for LFA on their properties.  Treatment will begin on August 7.  The Mililani Town Association will be cutting access trails for treatment prior to this date.
  • The ICS Outreach team provided information and resources to teachers for them to incorporate LFA-related education and activities into their curriculums.  50 teachers were engaged through the Hawaii Environmental Education Alliance Symposium Resources Roundtable on July 14 and 45 teachers participated in an LFA session at the DOE Common Core Learning Journeys Workshop on July 16.
  • The Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) completed access trail maintenance in the Waimanalo treatment area and HAL and HDOA continue to implement treatments with assistance from OISC
  • Little fact about Little Fire Ants: LFA are a very serious pest throughout the Pacific, including in Australia.  However, unlike in Hawaii, the LFA in Australia don’t typically nest in trees due to the cold temperatures that occur in the areas where they have invaded.

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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