Little fire ant updates from July 15 community meeting
July 16, 2014
(A map of the infestation area on Lehiwa Dr., Kopalani St. and Auina St. presented on July 15)
Representatives from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, University of Hawaii and Hawaii Ant Lab gave a presentation on the little fire ant and answered questions from residents during a community meeting on July 14, 2014. Information from the meeting included the following:
The HDOA has detected LFAs at 18 Mililani Mauka homes in the area around the top part of the gulch at the corner of Lehiwa Dr. and Mehu St., including Kopalani St. and Auina St.
To eradicate the LFA from Mililani, the HDOA will treat the infested areas every 6 weeks for 12 months. The department will continue to monitor treated and surrounding areas for 3 years.
There are two insecticides that homeowners can use to keep LFAs at bay: Amdro, which can be found at Home Depot and Walmart; and a homemade solution called Tango, the recipe for which can be found at www.littlefireants.com/tango.html.
Homeowners should not try to eradicate LFA infestations without contacting the HDOA because the colony might scatter and spread out rapidly. The HDOA should be called and will determine the extent of the infestation before treating the area. There will be no cost to the community for the eradication of LFAs on community or personal property.
LFAs spread at a rate of 60 feet per year. However, people can quickly spread them farther by transporting infested items like plants.
If you send in samples, the HDOA will get back to you in around 1 week about whether or not you have an LFA infestation. There may be delays if a lot of samples are sent.
Since learning about the little fire ant (LFA) infestation in one Mililani Mauka neighborhood, we've been passing out LFA home survey starter kits to help raise awareness and encourage Mililani Mauka residents to check their homes for LFAs. If you have not received a kit but would like one to test your home, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 586-9460. Please note that the kits do not include peanut butter due to the prevalence of peanut allergies.
If LFAs have been already identified on your property, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will contact you soon and begin treatment in the next three weeks.
If the HDOA hasn’t tested your home but you’re already aware of LFA on your property, please call the PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378) as soon as possible.
A copy of the booklet can also be downloaded here.