Welcome to the Hawaiʻi Ant Lab
The Hawaiʻi Ant Lab, a program of the University of Hawai‘i Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, is dedicated to increasing knowledge about invasive ant biology, management, and eradication.
The Department of Agriculture’s doors have reopened to the public. The Hawaiʻi Ant Lab staff are here to assist with the following services:
- identify ant samples
- offer treatment advice
- conduct farm site visits to develop a treatment plan
- give virtual presentations to your organization, community group, or school
What We Do
We study invasive ants and develop new methods to manage them. This is an ongoing process that makes HAL the leading agency on LFA management strategies in the world.
We educate stakeholders on preventing the spread of invasive ants and provide best management strategies based on our research.
We survey ports of entry, green waste facilities, nurseries, and other high risk areas for invasive ant species, as well as participate in LFA eradication efforts throughout the State.
Ant Management Class
Once a month, Hawaiʻi Ant Lab conducts a FREE half-day clinic for residents and other interested persons. This workshop covers ant management basics from theory to practice and includes sessions on pesticide safety, mixing and using gel baits and pretty much everything you want to know about managing Little Fire Ants around your home.
Currently, we are holding the workshop on-line through Zoom on the last Friday of the month from 8:30AM-12PM. Register for the class to obtain the Zoom link.
Antixx and Firefighter are both granular baits recommended by the Hawai‘i Ant Lab (HAL) to manage Little Fire Ants (LFA), Recently we discovered that some of these products have been sitting on the shelf for too long and/or have compromised seals causing them to go rancid. LFA are picky eaters, so if the bait is…
As of February 7th, 2022, the Hawai‘i Ant Lab (HAL) will begin an involuntary 50% furlough due to the unavailability of funds. HAL operates as a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is funded primarily through non-reoccurring grants from the Department of Agriculture and the Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council.…
If you have been following our blog, you might have seen our July post talking about the discontinuation of Provaunt®. If you HAVEN’T been following our blog, now you know why we stopped talking about it. It’s true, the manufacturer decided to phase out the product over the past few years and that day finally…
Make a Donation
Your donation will contribute to tackling the invasive ant issues faced by Hawaiʻi by supporting our research, extension, and field operation programs.