Fire terrorists. Millions of insects terrorize the inhabitants of Hawaii – sting right in the beds
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Researchers warn that the current fire ant infestation is the largest on record.
Millions of fire ants are terrorizing residents and vacationers in Hawaii. Observers are already saying that this is the largest invasion of insects on the islands in the history of observations, writes Science Alert.
The fire ant colony appears to have emerged on private property on Kauai, Hawaii's fourth-largest island, and has already reached millions, researchers say. According to Haylin Chok, a community outreach committee specialist, the infection has already spread along the cliff side of the Wailua River, and has also affected other Hawaiian islands, but not on such a scale. Researchers fear that if insects can get to the water, their colonies will become many times larger.
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It should be noted that for the first time this type of insect was found on the islands back in 1999, but such a scale of infection has not yet been observed here. Doctors are sounding the alarm – an army of fire ants threatens the agricultural industry, residents, tourists and pets.
According to Hawaii Ant Lab employee Heather Forester, the situation has reached alarming proportions – due to the invasion of insects, local residents and tourists are forced to change their lifestyle. Firstly, it is not recommended to go hiking and to the beach, because fire ants literally fall on people and sting them. Moreover, locals cannot feel safe even at home – there are already cases when ants attack victims in their own beds while they sleep.
Doctors warn that fire ant bites can cause red swollen welts, which burn and itch, and in critical situations, insect bites can lead to painful purulent lesions. According to the Kauai Invasive Species Committee, scarring from fire ant stings can persist for weeks.
Fortunately, the researchers believe they will be able to contain the further spread of the fire ant colony. Already today, special tests have been developed that will allow you to determine if there is a threat to the house – if the fire ants have already “captured” the house, the tests will show.
Note that the only effective way to fight fire ants is poisoned food – they scatter it on the territory, and then the insects carry it to their colonies.