by Krystal Paco
Guam - The little fire ant may just have been discovered at a hardfill in Yigo last week, but officials believe the insect has been on the island for quite some time. Department of Agriculture etymologist Dr. Russell Campbell says the little fire ant poses a major threat to Guam's ecosystem, telling KUAM News, "Based upon the size of the infestation, we think it's been there for a couple of years. So this is not uncommon for an ant like this so small - it can hitchhike on just about anything."
The Guam Invasive Species Council is preparing to establish an invasive species fee on all arriving cargo to support a new Biosecurity Division at the Department of Agriculture. The proposed fee would cost $0.75 per 1,000-lb. container (about $33 for an average weight 40' container). Dr. Campbell says he hopes the fee can be implemented by next year to protect Guam from future invasive species.