Little Fire Ants found in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Accessed on 16 November 2018, 0201 UTC, Post 17968.


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Comment:  Noxious little fire ants have established a base in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  According to park officials populations of the nasty invasive insect have been found at Steam Vents and at the Mauna Ulu parking lot. Park officials are trying to find if there are any other little fire ant groups near those areas.  Park ecologist David Benitez says these little pests present a danger to staff, visitors, and rare Hawaiian plants:  “We are concerned for the health and safety of our staff and visitors, and the fragile Hawaiian ecosystems of the park,” said David Benitez, park ecologist. “(Little fire ants) really depend on humans to move them around. We need everyone to ensure their vehicles and gear are free of ants before coming into the park.”  Benitez added that this invasive species can harm humans, animals, and plants.

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