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Fire ant eradication plan targets Waimanalo

By Star Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 01:00 p.m. HST, May 02, 2014


State agricultural officials on Friday released details of a plan to eradicate the little fire ant infestation in Waimanalo.

Starting in a few weeks crews from a variety of agencies will treat a 3 1/2-acre area with a combination of pesticide baits. Treatments will continue for at least eight times over a 12-month period, said Robert Curtiss, acting manager of the state Department of Agriculture Plant Pest Control Branch.

If the area is clear of the ants at the end of the 12 months, eradication efforts will end and monitoring will start for three years, Curtiss said.

A survey was conducted last month covering more than 50 acres from Kumuhau Street to Mahailua Street. The survey collected 60 LFA ants from about 1,500 samples.

"Eradication plans require good preparation and methodical planning," said Scott Enright, chairman of the state Board of Agriculture. "We can't just go into an infested area and just spray pesticides -- there's a science to it."

The tiny ant with a powerful sting has been described as being among the world's worst invasive species.







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1local wrote:
ban all exports from waimanalo and Hawaii Island. This will lower the spread of the fire ant.
on May 2,2014 | 03:43PM
Pocho wrote:
doesn't the pest technicians or State Agriculture know the product Taurus SC or Termidor SC? Scentless chemical, so ants will not detect it or sidestep it since they don't it's there. The ants walk over the chemical and don't know what it carries, the infected ants carries the chemicals back to it's nest and in turn contaminate the ant nest and the colony dies.
on May 2,2014 | 04:07PM
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