Mililani Mauka town hall meeting to address Little Fire Ants

A town hall meeting will be held for concerned Mililani Mauka residents to discuss how the community can work together with city and state agencies to stop the spread of Little Fire Ants (LFA).

The meeting, organized by state senators Donovan Dela Cruz and Michelle Kidani, will be held on Monday, July 14, from 7-9 p.m. at Mililani Mauka Elementary School Cafeteria.

Agencies invited to the meeting are the Dept. of Agriculture, the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, the Dept. of Health, the Invasive Species and Council.

Last week the Dept. of Agriculture confirmed that at least eight homes on Auina St. in Mililani Mauka are positive for LFA and the infestation has spread to the gulch.

“We wanted to take swift action and bring our community together,” said Sen. Kidani. “The best way for us to control the spread of the Little Fire Ants is to educate the public on how to detect and treat infestations.”

“We also want to give the community an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns,” added Sen. Dela Cruz. “With this being residential areas, it’s a serious discovery, and surely triggers a lot of fear and questions in people. The meeting is intended to bring awareness and set a community effort in motion to help the state combat Little Fire Ants.”

The public should report concerns of LFA infestation at the toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).

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