Yellow crazy ant population explosions had been causing problems in Tuvalu for some time. Along with our partners at SPC BATS team, we assisted by training the Tuvalu Agriculture team in how to control yellow crazy ants, taking into account personal and environmental safety. At the training site we saw a 95% reduction in ant numbers after three days.Members of the Funafuti community also got involved with the work, and they were very pleased with the outcomes.
After we left the Tuvalu Agriculture team independently undertook further control work in some of the more remote atolls. The reduction in ant numbers were similar to what we found during training.