Concerned residents in Mililani Mauka gathered Monday night to learn more about an invasive pest in their neighborhood.
KHON2 has been reporting about the little fire ants infestation.
The stinging insects have already spread into several homes in Mililani Mauka.
The Department of Agriculture has said it could take weeks to determine the extent of the infestation.
That uncertainty drew a large crowd to the meeting with state lawmakers.
“This is a new problem, I think it’s a complicated issue, and its going to require many different groups working together to order to solve it,” Mililani-Mauka resident Will Kane said.
“So this is really what I want for the outcome of this meeting to be, to educate them because we cannot contain it or eradicate it, if were not educated on it,” Sen. Michelle Kidani, (D), Mililani Town said.
The little fire ants pack a nasty sting and can cause blindness in pets.
First detected in 1999 on Hawaii Island, the little fire ant has now spread to Maui, Oahu and Kauai.