Big Island receives LFA funding as Legislature mulls Hawaii Invasive Species Authority

  • Little fire ants climb on a chopstick. These pale orange insects are 1/16-inch long, which is about as long as a penny is thick. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)
  • Little fire ants are seen at the bottom of a planting container shown by the Hawaii Ant Lab at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Building. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

KAILUA-KONA — The state is sending reinforcements to West Hawaii to help aid in the fight against little fire ants (LFA), an invasive species that’s grown steadily more prevalent in the region over the last decade.