Invasive Fire Ants Wreak Havoc in Hawaii

December 29, 2014 4:37 PM

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The Hawaiian islands are slowly being conquered, but not by an invading country or aliens from outer space. Instead, the aptly named "little fire ant" seems to be winning an ecological war on the island, surging back with a vengeance even after they were thought to be defeated earlier this year.

The tiny red ants, known for their painful rash-inducing stings and short tempers, were first noticed on the Big Island in 1999, likely having reached the island through shipping from Central America. Within the following decade, the invading ant population exploded, becoming far more than a nuisanc...

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