Community based management of little fire ants (Wasmannia auropunctata) in Hawaii

Tuesday, April 5, 2016: 5:18 PM
Mahi Mahi (Pacific Beach Hotel)
Heather Forester , UH Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, Hawaii Ant Lab, Hilo, HI
In December 2013, a small isolated outbreak of Little Fire Ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) was detected in Naalehu Township, Hawaii Island. This infestation was an ideal candidate for spot-eradication, because the community is small and geographically separate from other infested areas. Infestations of invasive species that span several properties are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Aside from technical difficulties inherent in such projects, garnering support and cooperation from all affected property owners and their neighbors further complicates efforts. This project implemented a community-based approach to manage Little Fire Ant by empowering the community with the necessary knowledge and tools to do so.
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