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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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August 25 - September 7, 2014
  • In this operational period, the LFA ICS team conducted 7 surveys on priority sites on Oahu.  No new LFA detections occurred outside of the known infestations.
  • 3 high priority nurseries in Waimanalo were surveyed extensively by the team and all were negative for LFA.
  • Hurricane Iselle impacted treatment activities in Mililani-Mauka in early August.  Treatments continue and are back on the planned schedule with the next treatment occurring on September 17-19.
  • The Outreach Group provided advanced training for staff of Terminix Pest Control on Oahu.  The training included survey, detection, and control for LFA.
  • The Outreach Group has reached around 300 students at Mililani Middle School.  Incorporating LFA curriculum in classes, students were introduced to the subject, conducted surveys at their homes and completed presence/absence identification based on the ants they collected.  All student surveys have been negative for LFA.
  • Little fact about Little Fire Ants: LFA prefer wet, moist and shady areas making them well suited to the tropical rainforests of Pacific Islands.  When surveying for LFA it’s best to place your baits in wetter shadier areas of your landscape.
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.
 
NEIL ABERCROMBIE
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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