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Posted: Monday, July 14th, 2014 10:47 AM HST

County receives fire ant grant

By 67AM KPUA News

The County is receiving $375,000 to combat little fire ant infestations across the island. The State Department of Agriculture is providing $200,000 and the Hawaii Invasive Species Council is kicking in $175,000 to enable the Department of Parks and Recreation to establish a little fire ant (LFA) control program at County parks and facilities.

The funding will be used to hire up to three full-time employees to fight infestations, purchase bait and equipment and finance transportation needs. Teams will conduct treatments at infested parks and facilities similar to those performed at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo, which have reduced LFA populations by up to 40 percent.



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