What can you do? Test your yard or property for little fire ants!
Kauai is doing a great job at keeping LFA at bay, but we need your help! October is “Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant Month” Please pick up a free test kit at any of the Kauaʻi Public Libraries, the Kauaʻi Invasive Species Committee Office, or the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture building. Test your yard for LFA today, submit the samples, and help stop the ant!
Current Status on Kauaʻi
Little Fire Ants are only established in one location on Kauaʻi and any ants suspected to be little fire ants should be collected and reported.
- Background: First identified in 1999, HDOA quickly treated the trees and surrounding areas of the infested site. The population was thought to be eradicated. In 2002, a survey revealed a healthy super-colony spanning several acres from the original infestation site. HDOA and KISC managed the efforts in order to contain the infestation until an effective treatment method was developed. In 2012, Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL), HDOA, and KISC developed an eradication plan with new effective treatment methods implemented by HAL.
- Current Status: Treatment/Monitor. Over the last 3 years, HAL, HDOA, and KISC continued treatment on the infested area and have kept it contained to the same site. Most recent surveys indicate that little fire ants have been brought down to undetectable levels. HDOA and KISC will continue to survey the area and apply treatment as needed.
Island-wide surveys: KISC and HDOA conduct island-wide surveys for little fire ants. Survey sites include gardens, nurseries, transfer stations, schools, and other high risk locations. Surveys are also conducted at various locations on Kauaʻi based on the rapid response to calls about suspected LFA (stinging ants). Regularly surveying for little fire ants will help prevent them from becoming wide-spread on Kauaʻi.