Exotic Pest Reporting
Little fire ant
Little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata) is an insect pest. It is a native of Central and South America and was first detected in Hawaii in 1999.
Several exotic ant species are known to have dramatic ecological impacts. When these ants invade, they disrupt the indigenous invertebrate fauna and can transform the entire biological community. They are also known for a painful sting.
12/10/2019 - Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait
12/04/2019 - Little fire ants found near Twin Falls on Maui
11/11/2019 - New little fire ant infestation found
01/24/2019 - Little fire ants yet to be spotted in Samoa
08/11/2017 - Invasive species council returned $100K in funds
05/07/2015 - Invasive ants are extreme excavators - BBC News
08/25/2014 - Fire Ants Are In The Middle Of A Turf War
04/02/2014 - Little fire ants found; Guam park area closed
04/02/2014 - Rhino beetle eradication efforts delayed again
03/03/2014 - BBC Nature - Rare songbird faces fire ant threat
03/03/2014 - County could receive funds to battle little fire ant