fire ants

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HILO — Two bills introduced by Hawaii legislators would require the state Department of Agriculture to identify the best ways to fight fire ants.

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Last week's announcement of a second infestation of little fire ants on Oʻahu is the latest episode in the spread of one of the world's worst invasive species.

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Marufish / Flickr

People on every island across the state are familiar with invasive species. One of the most dangerous is the little fire ant, found in the biggest concentration on the windward side of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. And now a similar problem is plaguing a part of Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.fireantfreemaui.org

The little fire ant, or LFA as it is informally known, is an unwelcome visitor to the Hawaiian islands. It's small size and light orange color belie its devastating potential. This tiny invader is native to Central and South America, and was thought to have been introduced accidentally to Hawaiʻi.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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A troublesome visitor has landed on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The little fire ant has been on the Hilo side of Hawaii Island, on Maui, and Kaua'i, for years. And now, as of just a few months ago, it's appeared in Kona. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.