Little fire ant expert says pest came to Guam from Hawaii
The little fire ant is on the list of the top 100 invasive species in the world. Recently Glenn Dulla, an agriculturist with Guam Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Division, spoke in front of Rotarians during their monthly luncheon meeting about the pesky pest.
"This came in as an accidental hitchhiker, probably from ornamentals coming in from Hawaii. Definitely from Hawaii, but we're not sure if it came on produce, ornamentals or from soil," he said.
The LFA was discovered on Guam in November 2011 at a green waste dump and is typically found around banana trees. They are considered a serious pest- with colonies spreading gradually over a large area causing agricultural problems.
"Outside of their native habitat they can colonize in compost, the ground, leaf litter, banana and coconut trees, anything. So they go from the top of the trees to the forest floor. Into your house, into your oven, into your cupboard," Dulla explained.
He adds they have applied for a grant from the Department of the Interior, to bring in technology to help treat the infested forest areas that are difficult to reach.