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The BIISC LFA community support program is intended to help community members work together to address the impacts of little fire ants (LFA) on our island. Our goal is to provide the information and guidance residents need to effectively control LFA in their neighborhoods. For all interested communities, the program begins with a Community Information Session (CIS). After this session, organized neighborhoods may qualify for a Control Application Demonstration. Both are offered to communities free of charge.
LFA Community Information Session (CIS)
Interested communities can host a CIS where we will provide the latest LFA research generated by Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL) and University of Hawaii (CTAHR) researchers. We focus on sharing the essential information you need to create a plan for control of LFA on your property. Our team will guide you through the various products and application methods, share what works and what doesn’t, and answer your questions about best approaches for your situation. Learn the tips and tricks used to get the best results out of treatment, and learn how to put together a complete treatment kit. We also offer guidance and recommendations for working with your neighbors to create a neighborhood-scale plan that can help lower control costs over the long term.
We provide assistance to the organizers in preparing for the session, and we will provide the flyers and online materials you need to get the word out to your community. CIS’s are packed with perks, including gift cards and giveaways, and are a great way for neighbors to come together to create solutions to this problem!
Continued Support After the CIS
The CIS will provide the knowledge you need to combat LFA on your property, as well as strategies for organizing in your community. If you and your surrounding neighbors are ready to act after the CIS, we can provide a LFA Control Application Demonstration in your neighborhood! The demonstration is a hands-on workday where participants will be actively involved in measuring, mixing, and applying ant control treatments. This demonstration workshop is intended for neighborhoods that have developed a plan and can demonstrate commitment to continuing the treatments independently on an ongoing basis. A minimum number of volunteers (6) and contiguous properties are required to qualify. If you don’t know your neighbors well, hosting an LFA CIS can be a great first step in bringing residents together to develop the plan needed to qualify for the demonstration!
For demonstrations, BIISC will provide all materials, including pesticide, for the first treatment day (neighborhoods must be prepared to assume the cost of subsequent treatments). BIISC will provide a free treatment toolkit, including buckets and mixing tools, and our team will give one-on-one instruction in proper application of treatment to various landscapes and features. Participants will receive ongoing support and reminders about planned treatments, and may qualify to receive a second free treatment day by completing treatments as scheduled.
A limited number of training slots will be available on the demonstration day to residents who live outside of the demonstration neighborhood. These slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and participants must RSVP to confirm attendance. Residents wishing to qualify for the County voucher program must complete this training day. (Please note that as of July 2016, the voucher program is still in development, and per County representatives will likely not be available until fall 2016).
If you and your community are ready to do something about the LFA problem, BIISC is ready to provide you with solutions! To bring BIISC to your neighborhood, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (808) 933-3340.
What people are saying…
“This program has really helped our neighborhood get the upper hand on the LFA problem. I believe it will help us continue to work together to battle the little fire ants as well as other issues we share as neighbors. Thank you for the training and support!”
” I BELIEVE THE ABATEMENT PROGRAM IS SUCCESSFUL.”
“treatment works, it keeps us and our pets safe making a much more enjoyable place to live. So worth the effort! ”
“Thank You for your efforts & your program in training and helping people treat for LFA. Treatment on my property has been very successful – I have gone from avoiding sections of my property to full use and enjoyment of the property due to significant LFA reduction through treatment.”
This program is made possible through funding from the the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Council, the Hawaii Invasive Species Council, and the National Science Foundation, with technical assistance provided by Stanford University