Wildlife

Fire Ant Invasion – Hawaii

The discovery of millions of fire ants in Kauai, Hawaii, marks the island’s most extensive infestation since the invasive species was first detected there in 1999. The infestation of millions of ants poses a risk to pets, the agriculture industry, and residents and tourists visiting Hawaii’s fourth-largest island.

Now when people go out hiking and go to the beach the ants rain down on them and sting them. There are a lot of reports of the ant stinging people while they sleep in their beds.

Fire ant stings can cause red, swollen welts that burn and itch. They can also, on occasion, cause painful pus-filled lesions. Welts caused by the stings can last for weeks.

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