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Hawaii

Provides selected Hawaii resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • APHIS Removes the Federal Domestic Quarantine for Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) and Interstate Movement Restrictions

    • Dec 3, 2021
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • Effective December 17, 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing the light brown apple moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana, quarantine in California and Hawaii. APHIS is reclassifying LBAM as a non-quarantine pest, removing all areas under quarantine, and removing movement restrictions on LBAM host material.

      When APHIS first confirmed detections of LBAM in the United States in 2007, the best science available indicated that this moth would be a pest of economic significance. In response, APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) developed an eradication program. Over time, however, it became clear that the moth’s impact was not as significant as expected.

  • October is "Stop the Ant Month" in Hawai'i

    • Sep 30, 2021
    • Governor of the State of Hawai'i.

    • October is "Stop the Ant Month" in Hawai'i and a multi-agency effort will be ongoing throughout the month to increase awareness of the importance of early detection to prevent and control the spread of the invasive little fire ant (LFA). The Hawai'i Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Hawai'i Ant Lab (HAL) and partner agencies, including the Hawai'i Invasive Species Council, the Invasive Species Committees and the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species will be asking residents on O'ahu, Kaua'i and Maui County to survey their properties for LFA by using a little peanut butter on a chopstick and leaving them in several areas for about one hour. Residents may request a free ant-collection kit through the website: https://stoptheant.org/. The website also has maps of areas where LFA have been detected in Hawai'i.

  • Hawaii Early Detection Network - Report Invasive Pests Online

    • University of Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit. Hawaii Biodiversity Information Network.

    • The Hawaii Early Detection Network was created to increase public awareness of invasive species and engage communities in the monitoring of their own neighborhoods. Find out how you help protect the environment of Hawaii by participating in the Eyes and Ears Team and attending an educational workshop or downloading your own field guide. If you are reporting a snake call 911 or for an animal call 643-PEST immediately!

  • Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month

    • Feb 2022
    • Hawaii Invasive Species Council.

    • Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Month (February) seeks to promote information sharing and public engagement in what the Hawaii State Legislature has declared "the single greatest threat to Hawaii's economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people."

  • New Pest Advisories

    • Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Plant Industry Division.

    • A "New Pest Advisory" provides information on new pests and diseases that have become established in Hawaii. Individuals can help reduce the spread of these pests and diseases by being aware of their signs and symptoms and not moving them to other islands in the State.

  • Stop the Little Fire Ant

    • StoptheAnt.org.

    • Little fire ants (LFA) may be tiny, but they pack a powerful sting. Native to South America, these speck-sized invaders have hitchhiked across the Pacific, hidden in imported goods, establishing new populations in islands like Hawai'i. Much smaller than the average ant, LFA are about as long as a penny is thick. Little fire ants may have reached our shores, but we can't treat it like "just another ant." LFA are considered one of the World's 100 Worst Invasive Species (IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group), because of their ability to reach very high numbers, to the point where people and animals can't avoid stings. It's up to each of us to Spot The Ant and Stop the Ant. Report little fire ants today.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
Partnership
Federal Government
State and Local Government
Academic
  • Crop Knowledge Master

    • University of Hawaii. Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Integrated Pest Management Program.

    • Provides general information on pest hosts, distribution, damage, biology, and management in the form of pest summaries.

  • Invasive Species and Pest Control

    • University of Hawaii. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

  • Weed Management in Hawai'i

    • University of Hawaii. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.