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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April 27 - June 5, 2015
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 (808) 973-9528. Mahalo.
- In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 30 surveys on priority sites on Oahu. Surveys continue to be conducted 2-3 days per week, with priorities being nurseries at high risk for inadvertently harboring LFA.
- LFA Treatments were conducted at Waimanalo (5/28)and Mililani Mauka (5/29), 2015. HDOA Plant Pest Control (PPC) personnel will wait three months (to allow any undetectable LFA populations to grow to detectable levels) before following up with a large comprehensive survey on August 27-28, 2015 at both sites.
- In the meantime, the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) will conduct vegetation control to keep the Waimanalo site clear for the comprehensive survey.
- The Mililani Mauka site continues to be maintained by the Mililani Town Association in cooperation with the HDOA PPC.
- 20 outreach events presented LFA information to over 600 community members during this period.
- Planning for City and/or State proclamations for September, 2015, as “Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant” Month.
- Oahu radio campaign with KSSK (iHeartMedia)
- 15” & 30” PSAs to be broadcast
- New “Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant” logo created (see below)
- www.StopTheAnt.org (presently under construction) to be ported to: www.lfa-hawaii.org website (to be redesigned)
- Instagram account established at:
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: Wasmannia auropunctata is considered to be one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world by the IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).