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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January 13 - February 9, 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 973-9528. Mahalo.
- In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 27 surveys on priority sites on O`ahu.
- LFA Treatments were conducted at Waimanalo and Mililani Mauka from January 21-22, 2015. The next treatment dates are tentatively scheduled for March 3-5, 2015. The team is having very good results in Mililani Mauka with homeowners reporting they are not finding LFA. LFA are still being detected in some sections of the Waimanalo infestation and there will be a comprehensive survey of the area in the next operational period to strategically plan more treatments.
- The LFA IC liaison presented LFA information to over 200 community members at meetings of Neighborhood Boards #4, 9, 10, 11 & 12.
- Two new dedicated survey staff will begin working on O`ahu in early March. These staff are part of the Hawaii Ant Lab and will be housed and supervised by HDOA on O`ahu. They will work with HDOA and OISC to implement an updated survey strategy for the island and increase our capacity to detect and control LFA at primary sites before they spread and become more established.
- In late January, two new LFA infestations were discovered on Maui. LFA were found on a single property in Haiku and roughly 3 acres are estimated to be infested in Huelo. The LFA in Huelo were detected when a resident was stung by a small red ant while picking fruit and reported it to the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC).
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: LFA (Wasmannia auropunctata) do not build mounds, unlike Tropical Fire Ants (Solenopsis geminata) or Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta), and an entire colony can fit in half a macadamia nut shell.