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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May 5 - 19, 2014 Update
- On May 14-15, crews from the Hawaii Ant Lab, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and the Oahu Invasive Species Committee initiated the first treatment of the Waimanalo site.
- Over the next 12 months, 8 treatments, including a tree-applied gel bait which is an insect growth regulator and interferes with the queens ability to lay viable eggs, followed one week later by a granular bait which will kill the workers, will be applied to the infestation. This order of treatment is critical to inhibit the queen’s reproduction before killing the workers with the granular bait.
- On Friday May 9, The LFA ICS Outreach Group provided LFA curriculum in partnership with the Hui Malama o Ke Kai afterschool program in Waimanalo reaching youth ages 7-teens. The LFA program provided an overview of LFA and training for a survey activity. The students will implement surveys for LFA at their homes over Memorial Day weekend and the LFA ICS Outreach Group will be back with them on Tuesday May 27 to collect survey logs and ant samples.
- The LFA ICS Outreach Group presented information on LFA and its current status on Oahu to the Waimanalo Neighborhood Board on Monday May 12. The key message is that it is critical for all stakeholders to survey their properties. Click here for a link to the quick and easy survey guidelines and survey today.
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: LFA really are little! All workers are about 1.5 mm in length. This is about half the size of a sesame seed, or as long as a penny is thick.