Hawai‘i County Fights Fire Ants at Hilo Beach Park

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close Hilo’s Richardson Ocean Park, weather permitting, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, so maintenance personnel may apply a second round of baiting treatments designed to combat fire ant infestations. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning. Signs will be posted starting Monday, March 24, to inform park patrons of the temporary shutdown.

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

The Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with the University of Hawai‘i to establish an effective strategy for reducing fire ant colonies at Hawai‘i County parks. Fire ant populations at Richardson Ocean Park decreased by more than 50 percent following the placement of nontoxic baited vials at the park in mid-January.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the short closure may cause.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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