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A Bioeconomic Model of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata in Hawaii

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Title: A Bioeconomic Model of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata in Hawaii
Authors: Motoki, Michael
Lee, Donna J.
Vanderwoude, Cas
Nakamoto, Stuart T.
Leung, PingSun
Keywords: Wasmannia auropunctata
LC Subject Headings: Ants -- Hawaii.
Introduced insects -- Economic aspects -- Hawaii.
Issue Date: Dec 2013
Publisher: Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Motoki M, Lee DJ, Vanderwoude C, Nakamoto ST, Leung PS. 2013. A bioeconomic model of Little Fire Ant Wasmannia auropunctata in Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Technical Report, 186. 89 pages
Series/Report no.: Technical Report
186
Abstract: Wasmannia auropunctata, known as the Little Fire Ant (LFA), was first detected on the island of Hawai‘i (the Big Island) in 1999. It was most probably introduced through imports of contaminated potted plants from mainland USA. We estimate that LFA has now spread to over 4,000 locations on the Big Island and under current management efforts will spread rapidly inundating the Big Island in 15-20 years. Increased efforts in prevention, detections, and mitigation treatments will suppress existing infestations, reduce rate of spread and decrease long term management costs, damages, and human stings. Benefits from increased management are estimated to be $5 billion savings including $540 million in reduced damages and 2.1 billion fewer sting incidents over 35 years.
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Sponsor: This research was supported in part by the Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture Research (TSTAR) Program (Award Number 2010-34135-21228), The National institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/34422
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
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