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Invasive pest eradication method proves to be successful

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MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pest control methods implemented by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture appear to be working on Maui.

Stinging ants known as Little Fire Ants were reported by a Maui farmer in October of last year, when the pests infested about a half acre of his farm in Waihee.

But now the HDOA says the invasive pest has been eradicated.

After initial reports of LFA, the HDOA acquired a special permit from the Environmental Protection Agency to use new ant bait developed by a UH Manoa scientist.

The innovative bait provided treatment in trees and vegetation where LFA settle. Prior to the development of the new bait, treatments were only performed on ground.

Each month the area has been treated with the new bait.

And as of February 2010, there were no detections of LFA in the area treated.

For more information on LFA visit http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/pi/ppc/npa-1/npa99-02-lfireant.pdf.

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