Fire! Little Fire Ants in Hawaii (2016)

Follow-up documentary to: Invasion – Little Fire Ants in Hawai’i …

First introduced to Puna in 1999, and shortly thereafter to Kauai, these ants are one of the worst invasive species imaginable in Hawaii. They invade houses, gardens, and forests. The ants are also arboreal; they swarm up plants and trees. When disturbed, they drop off, falling onto people and animals. Unsuspecting victims are left with painful stings.
Until recently, little fire ants were limited primarily to Hawaii Island but as infestations have grown there, so has inevitability of their spread.

In January of 2014 little fire ants were detected on Oahu, leading to a multi-agency response resulting in containment and eradication. These tiny pests have hitchhiked to Maui and Lanai as well. Meanwhile Hawaii Island residents are faced with creating sanctuaries amidst a sea of stinging ants.

This 30 minute documentary examines the spread of the little fire ant and the people who work to address one of the most significant invasive species problems confronting the Islands. learn more at

Funding support for this video was provided in part by the Hawaii Invasive Species Council and the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaii-Manoa.