October 16, 2021

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New Very little Fire Ant Infestation Identified in Huelo, Maui

Minor Hearth Ant. File Photo Courtesy: Maui Invasive Species Committee

A new infestation of stinging and invasive very little fire ants was verified on a residence in Huelo, Maui in early Might. Irrespective of the proximity of this web page to one more infestation in Huelo, authorities from the Maui Invasive Species Committee say these web sites do not show up to be connected. 

The group was alerted to the problem in a voicemail from a few whose tenants documented staying stung on their torsos by ants while performing yard get the job done.

MISC and the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture surveyed the home and positively identified small fireplace ants or LFA. The MISC very little hearth ant staff extensively mapped the infestation and solutions have currently begun. MISC is also performing with the landowner and tenants on pinpointing where by the resource of this new small fireplace ant infestation came from. 

“If the community proceeds to be our eyes and ears by reporting suspect ants, we can stop the tiny hearth ant from turning out to be established on Maui,” explained Adam Radford, Manager of the Maui Invasive Species Committee. “Reporting is essential to locating these invasive ant populations and removing them, so receiving into the practice of getting in contact with MISC when you get stung by a suspect ant is a terrific way to protect our island from these invasive species. If you get a sting, give us a ring.”

Neighborhood attempts have led to the detection of 12 of 18 known infestations of tiny hearth ants on Maui. There are only 6 web pages, like this a single, where by minor ants are however present and under lively command.

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After detected, every infestation is dealt with for about just one calendar year, then monitored.

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On Maui, funding from the County of Maui and the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council supports very little fireplace ant regulate initiatives. The Hawaiʻi Division of Agriculture inspects incoming plant materials for invasive pests, stopping additional infestations, and assists MISC with survey and handle initiatives.

Minor fire ants have develop into common on Hawaiʻi Island. Animals generally leave the places wherever ants are founded, as do hikers, farmers, and hunters. When very little fire ants invade yards and homes, animals can be blinded, and people choose to transfer.

Organization leaders say group initiatives are important to maintaining invasive ants from becoming common. MISC suggests gathering ants in your yard for identification at the very least once for every yr, and each time new components this sort of as mulch or nursery vegetation are bought.

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It only requires a handful of minutes to exam for LFA: Smear a very small bit of peanut butter (or mayonnaise if peanut allergic reactions are a issue) on a number of skinny strips of cardboard, and position them in shady areas in your yard. Following 45 minutes, obtain the samples with ants, position them in a plastic bag labeled with your name, deal with, and speak to information, and freeze for 24 hours to kill the ants. Mail them to your area Invasive Species Committee. On Maui, ship them to MISC, P.O. Box 983, Makawao, Hi 96768.

Visit stoptheant.org to obtain out a lot more information and facts on collecting ant samples and the status of LFA on Maui and all over the condition. Call MISC with problems, questions, or reports at 808-573-6472 or [email protected]  Reports can also be submitted by means of 643PEST.org.