Measuring less than 2 millimeters long, the little fire ant has been known for its painful sting relative to its small size.
In 2011, the little fire ant was first detected on Guam near a green waste landfill. It has since spread to almost all parts of the island.
Because the species is known to cause harm in the form of painful stings and potential blindness, the Guam Department of Agriculture is working to mitigate the presence of this invasive specie, especially in an area consisting of several acres of forest in Santa Rita.
According to Guam Department of Agriculture Biosecurity Division agriculturist Glenn Dulla, Guam DOA has already started treating the area owned by GovGuam while the Department of Defense has contracted the University of Guam to control the spread of the ant on its property.
As for the areas that are private land, the agency is still trying to figure out how to engage the community to assist.
Because the pesticide treatment has been done primarily by hand, the department has turned to other possible solutions, such as the deployment of agricultural drones that could cover several acres within a matter of minutes.
However, this method is still in the works and is pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.