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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September 22 - October 5, 2014
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 2 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.
- On September 18, a Miconia crew from the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) working in the Nahiku area began experiencing multiple stings from what were tentatively identified as LFA. Samples were collected by MISC and positively identified by Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental. This ID was confirmed as LFA by HDOA. MISC is working with HDOA to delimit the infestation and will be working with relevant partners to develop a plan for this site. For more details on this infestation, click here.
- The outreach group provided LFA Curriculum to 6 educators at a Project Learning Tree Teacher Workshop led by DLNR. Additionally, On October 4, outreach was provided at the Explore Waimanalo Watershed event reaching around 30 members of the public.
- Waimanalo resident and community organizer Tom Grande is working with the Outreach Group to increase awareness in the Waimanalo community. The following events have been planned:
- Community Meeting on Wednesday October 15, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Waimanalo Public Library presenting information about LFA and handing out free LFA survey kits.
- Community Monitoring Day on November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Trained volunteers will survey roadsides near the existing infestation. Additionally, members of LFA ICS team will be on hand at the UH Waimanalo Research Station accepting and identifying ant samples brought in by residents.
- Little fact about Little Fire Ants: LFA can transform and devastate natural areas and native species, in some infested areas of New Caledonia for example LFA now make up more than 90 percent of insects.