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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February 9 - March 6, 2015
- In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 12 surveys on priority sites on O`ahu.
- LFA Treatments were conducted at Waimanalo and Mililani Mauka from March 4-5, 2015. The next treatment dates are tentatively scheduled for April 16-17, 2015. The team continues having very good results in Mililani Mauka with homeowners reporting they are not finding LFA. A comprehensive survey of the Waimanalo infestation area was conducted on February 25, 2015, in order to gather information to strategically plan for additional treatments. Surveys were conducted on all properties within the treatment buffer zone. Two new areas were detected with LFA. One LFA was picked up on the agricultural lot near the end of the buffer area and the other site was on an adjacent property next to a mound overgrown with vegetation.
• Eight outreach events presented LFA information to approximately 343 students and community members during this period.
• E komo mai/Welcome to Mike Bunyan and Greg Schuster; newest members of the LFA Response team. They are new hires with the Hawaii Ant Lab and will be working on O`ahu to increase capacity for surveying high priority areas with goals of finding primary infestation points and to more fully delimit the island. Their direct supervisor on O`ahu is the LFA IC Derek Arakaki, HDOA.
• Little fact about Little Fire Ants: Most fire ant stings reported on O`ahu are by Tropical Fire Ants (Solenopsis geminata), not LFA (Wasmannia auropunctata). Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) are not known to be in Hawai`i at this time.
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.