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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Little Fire Ants (LFA) on Oahu 
Biweekly Update


Wasmannia auropunctata on chopstick with peanut butter

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

*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:


December 1, 2014 - January 12, 2015
  • In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 21 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.
  • LFA Treatments were conducted at Waimanalo and Mililani Mauka from 12/10-12/14. The next scheduled treatment dates are 1/21-23/15.
  • The LFA ICS liaison presented LFA information to over 150 community members at meetings of Neighborhood Boards #4, 7,13,18 & 31.
  • A long-term management strategic plan for Oahu is under development by Dr. Cas Vanderwoude of the Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL). It should be ready for review by the LFA ICS team sometime in February, 2015.
  • Little fact about Little Fire Ants: Tropical Fire Ant (Solenopsis geminata) have been mistaken for LFA (Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger)), but LFA are 3-4x smaller at only about 1/16” in length and move more slowly, therefore; it is important to turn in suspect ants to HDOA for proper determination. Video instructions on how to conduct a quick & easy survey for LFA in your own yard can be found here.
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.
 
DAVID IGE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
CARTY CHANG
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
VIRGINIA PRESSLER, MD
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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