Developing Management Techniques Specific to Controlling Little Fire Ants (Wasmannia auropunctata Roger) in Various Ecological Habitats.

Speaker: Michelle Montgomery

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Electric Ants (Wasmannia auropunctata Roger) are one of five ants on the IUCN-ISSG’s “world’s worst invasive species” list and are widespread throughout the Pacific. Past research on this species focused on impacts to native ecosystems but little has been done on effective control methods. Traditional control efforts using baits and insecticidal sprays have had limited success for various reasons and the pest continues to spread impacting residents, agriculture, and forest ecosystems. Research on species specific management techniques for Electric Ants is being conducted and effective management plans for various habitats are being developed to mitigate impacts and spread of this pest.

About Michelle

Michelle Montgomery graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2007 with a degree in Agriculture Crop Protection however she started on her career path long before in 2003. She has worked for the University of Hawaii, US Department of Agriculture, and US Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Division conducting research for conservation and agriculture. She currently works for Hawaii Ant Lab as a research specialist developing control techniques for invasive ants. Her work has taken her across the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific where she helps residents, farmers, and government agencies manage the invasive ant Wasmanina auropunctata (Electric Ants). Michelle is currently a PhD student in the IAE.