Little Fire Ants in Hawaii County
Hawaii County Fights Fire Ants!
On Wednesday September 21, the Hawaii County Council committed funds to continuing and expanding the Little Fire Ant education program on Hawaii Island. We are excited about the opportunity to continue our community information and training program in 2017, and grateful to the Hawaii County Council members who contributed money for this fund:
Margaret Wille Dru Kanuha
Karen Eoff Maile David
Valerie Poindexter Danny Paleka
Working with our partners at the County and the Hawaii Ant Lab, we are hoping to offer a comprehensive program to County residents to be able to obtain the assistance you need in fighting fire ants.
There are several potential avenues for assistance with LFA. We hope this guide will help you determine the approach you need to take that is best for you. All of the training programs are free to residents.
- BIISC Community Information & Training Program
BIISC has been working directly with communities across the island to provide the resources needed to empower residents to treat for little fire ants. This program centers around a community meeting organized in the community, by residents. These meetings have been held everywhere from community longhouses to carports to local recreation centers. Generally, we try to hold these meetings on evenings and weekends, to accommodate the most residents.
The goal of these sessions is to provide targeted information for homeowners based on the research provided by Hawaii Ant Lab, but with an emphasis on working with your neighbors to treat at a larger landscape scales. Neighborhoods that organize following the education session can arrange for BIISC staff to work side by side with them in treating their area, including a free round of pesticide application. For more information on holding a meeting in your community, contact Franny at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 933-3340.
- Hawaii Ant Lab Monthly Training Program (HAL)
HAL, a project of the University housed at the Department of Agriculture in Hilo, offers monthly training programs aimed at providing comprehensive information about Little Fire Ants. HAL researchers are generating the most recent findings about LFA in Hawaii, and have the expertise to advise commercial and agricultural operations on treatment of large-scale infestations. HAL is also planning a series of evening and weekend training sessions to be held starting later this year in Kona and Hilo (the dates and times are not yet secured, but will be published on this website as soon as they are). HAL can be reached at www.littlefireants.com or (808) 315-3340.
- County Voucher program
The County of Hawaii will be providing some financial assistance to homeowners who complete either of the above training programs. This program is funded by the Hawaii Invasive Species Council and will not begin until October at the earliest. The information will be posted here as well as shared with our training sessions attendees when the program is initiated.
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