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Repelling ants takes full effort


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 17, 2014

~~<p>The general public has a key role to play in keeping little fire ants from taking hold on Oahu. While the Department of Agriculture is confident that the largest known colony can be eradicated, there likely are smaller nests around the island. The ag department lacks the resources to find these colonies on its own, and depends on homeowners to test their properties for the fearsome pests and report any sightings.</p>
<p>So far, the major infestation on Oahu is limited to four acres of land in Waimanalo, which will be cordoned off and treated with a gel bait effective against the stinging ants, which are dwelling by the billions there. Most of the land is vacant and controlled by the state, easing eradication efforts, which also may include removing infested trees.</p>
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The general public has a key role to play in keeping little fire ants from taking hold on Oahu. While the Department of Agriculture is confident that the largest known colony can be eradicated, there likely are smaller nests around the island. The ag department lacks the resources to find these colonies on its own, and depends on homeowners to test their properties for the fearsome pests and report any sightings.

So far, the major infestation on Oahu is limited to four acres of land in Waimanalo, which will be cordoned off and treated with a gel bait effective against the stinging ants, which are dwelling by the billions there. Most of the land is vacant and controlled by the state, easing eradication efforts, which also may include removing infested trees. Login for more...



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