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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October 6 - 19, 2014
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 5 surveys of priority sites on Oahu.
- The outreach group provided LFA information at 3 neighborhood board meetings including Kaneohe, Waialae-Kahala, and Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights. Additionally, Senators Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani sponsored a meeting in Mililani-Mauka on October 13 to follow-up with the community since LFA had been detected and treatments began. Representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL), Oahu Invasive Species Committee, and Hawaii Invasive Species Council were present to update the public.
- On October 9, Christy Martin (CGAPS), and Dr. Cas Vanderwoude (HAL) provided Little Fire Ant presentations at the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii’s 2014 Conference and Tradeshow. They participated in both the pesticides and arborist tracks.
- On October 16, the Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL) provided a hands-on LFA survey and identification training for resource management staff statewide that have kuleana for detection and response. Participants in the training included staff from the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS), Department of Land and Natural Resources, Big Island Invasive Species Committee, Oahu Invasive Species Committee, Maui Invasive Species Committee, Molokai Invasive Species Committee, and Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership.
- Mayor Caldwell and the City and County of Honolulu have declared Saturday November 1 “STOP LFA DAY”. There will be a community-monitoring event in Waimanalo from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Trained volunteers will survey roadsides near the existing infestation and members of the LFA ICS team will be at the UH Waimanalo Research Station accepting and identifying ant samples brought in by members of the public.
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: The severity of LFA stings is variable across people. The ants are so tiny; people often do not even see that they were stung when very itchy rash-like bites begin to appear.