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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 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.

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November 3 - 30, 2014
  • In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 9 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.
  • During this period, 20 ant samples were submitted to HDOA, none were determined positive for LFA. 5 phone calls were received regarding suspect ants. None were determined to be LFA.
  • No treatments were scheduled for Waimanalo and Mililani Mauka during this reporting period. The next scheduled treatment dates are 12/10-12/14.
  • Outreach events during this period included an LFA Survey training at Waimea Valley attended by 8 staff. This training increased the capacity of Waimea Valley to survey for LFA and they are enthusiastic about ensuring this pest does not come into or become established there. Additionally, the LFA ICS team presented to 25 community members at the McCully-Mo`ili`ili Neighborhood Board #8 meeting.
  • The Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL) posted two field technician position openings to conduct LFA surveys on Oahu.
  • Little fact about Little Fire Ants: LFA can be easily mistaken for at least 4 other species of tiny ants in Hawaii, 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
 
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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