Going over the edge: Erradicating little fire ants (Wasmannia auropunctata Roger) from Kauai, phase II

Monday, April 4, 2016: 3:58 PM
Ahi (Pacific Beach Hotel)
Michelle Montgomery , Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawai`i, Honolulu, HI
Little Fire Ants are one of the most damaging invertebrate invasive species in the Pacific region. Although present on Kauai, Hawaii since 1999, they have been
confined to a single location on the north shore. A multi-agency project to eradicate this species commenced in earnest in 2012, harnessing the combined resources
of the Kauai Invasive Species Committee, The Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Ant Lab and the County of Kauai. The infestation spanned residential and state lands including 0.81ha of coastal cliff and mixed forest which was largely inaccessible until 2014. We outline continued progress toward erradication of this species in such difficult terrain through proper planning and multi-agency partnerships.
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