Little fire ants are wreaking havoc in Tahiti, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, and most recently, Hawaiʻi.
LFA are tramps: queen ants hitch rides in cargo to new areas.
Since an entire colony (a queen ant and workers) is small enough to fit into a macadamia shell, traveling unnoticed is easy. Once they arrive in a new location, LFA multiply and reach extremely high densities. They dominate, either by driving other insect species out, or by preying on them. Separate LFA colonies don’t compete with one another; instead they form super-colonies, nesting on the ground, in foliage, in homes and even equipment and supplies stored in infested areas.