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Officials confirm 9 homes in Mililani infested with Fire AntsUPDATED 8:09 PM HST Jun 27, 2014Video Transcript
They may be small .. But they're creating a BIG problem for many residents. Little Fire Ants invaded a neighborhood in Mililani Mauka. Just Last month -- state workers tried to eradicate them from a wooded area in Waimanalo. As KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports, the state is wasting no time trying to get rid of them. These ants have been bothering Joseph Lee's family on Auina Street since they moved in FOUR years ago...these are on a rock in his backyard. But Lee says he didn't know what kind of ants they were until his neighbor reported the problem last week to the Department of Agriculture. Joseph Lee 1730 I HAVE A FOUR YEAR OLD SON WHEN HE WAS IN THE CRIB HE WAS GETTING BITTEN ALREADY FROM BACK THEN 1736 michele ae 1939 IT KIND OF WAS LIKE A REGULAR MOSQUITO BITE AT FIRST THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING STINGING AND WHEN YOU SCRATCH IT IT WAS LIKE A LITTLE RED WELT AND ITCHES 48 Pest control officials mobilized to do a neighborhood wide survey after confirming the infestation of little fire ants. They placed test tubes in and around yards and homes. 4613 THEY ARE KNOWN FOR MOVING SLOWLY BUT SURVEYORS PUT THIS TEST TUBE IN THIS YARD LESS THAN AN HOUR AGO AND ITS ALREADY FULL OF LITTLE FIRE ANTS. 4621 Officials confirmed infestations in 9 homes on this block alone today. 3553 THIS ANT HAS GONE UNREPORTED FOR MANY YEARS SO THIS PROBLEM IS WIDE SPREAD AND VERY LARGE 3600 IT'S LIKELY THAT THERE'S OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS ON OAHU THAT HAVE THIS SAME PROBLEM THAT HAVE LITTLE FIRE ANTS AND PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IT THEY THINK IT'S A LITTLE ANT 08 Agriculture officials first detected the ant on Oahu December of 2013. They're still treating a 3.5 acre gulch in Waimanalo found infested in May. Finding them in a neighborhood is a major problem-- officials say these ants can build large colonies, not only can they affect agriculture but they can hurt your pets too, something neighbor Cheryl Rodrigues is concerned about. 410 THEY ARE SAYING BECAUSE IT'S SLOW MOVING IT CAN AFFECT THE PETS AND WE LET THEM OUT IN THE YARD IT CAN EFFECT THE EYE AND IT GETS REALLY CLOUDY 23 After the survey is finished --The state will come up with an action plan to combat the infestation. They ask-- if you find what could be fire ants in your neighborhood -- call the statewide hotline at 643-PEST.