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.
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 class for residents and other interested persons. This class covers ant management basics from theory to practice and includes sessions on Little Fire Ant biology, how to survey, 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 class on-line through Zoom on the last Thursday of every month. Register to obtain the Zoom link.
by Maui Invasive Species Committee Photo Credit: MISC Photo Credit: MISC Photo Credit: MISC Recognized as one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world, little fire ants (LFA) have an unsavory reputation in Hawaii, and for good reason. These undersized ants sting people in their homes, blind pets, and wreck agriculture. The success…
October is “Stop the Ant Month” in Hawaiʻi and a multi-agency effort throughout the month will encourage residents to collect and submit ants from their properties to help detect and control the spread of invasive little fire ants (LFA) and other harmful pest ants that may be new to the state. LFA is considered among…
When it comes to applying HAL (Hawaii Ant Lab) gel bait, there are several spray equipment options available. Your choice of spray equipment will depend on how much gel bait you will be applying and your budget. If you are applying less than a gallon, a Zep 32oz. Bleach Resistant spray bottle is an effective,…
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Your donation will contribute to tackling the invasive ant issues faced by Hawaiʻi by supporting our research, extension, and field operation programs.