Little Fire Ants
The first step in your battle against LFA is to “know thy enemy.” Learn about their unique biology and ecology.
Scout out the enemy
Little Fire Ants are tiny and sneaky, and can go undetected on your property until their numbers are well established. Detect an invasion early with a survey!
Defending the home
Take a class
Learn pretty much everything you want to know about managing LFA around your home at one of our FREE monthly Ant Management Clinics.
We offer FREE farm visits to help with survey and treatment strategies
for the prevention and treatment of Little Fire Ants or other pest ants.
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.
How to Modify a Jacto Sprayer
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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We are excited to share that you can now connect with us on social media! Follow us to learn more tips and tricks on how to prevent, survey, and control for Little Fire Ants and other pest ant species. Check us out by clicking on one of the profiles below:
Little Fire Ants: A Global Perspective
Have you ever wondered what the deal is with Little Fire Ants (LFA)? Where did they come from? Where are they going? What’s all the fuss (they’re just ants anyway, right)? Why are these Little F****g Ants EVERYWHERE and I didn’t even know?! WHY CAN’T THERE BE A SIMPLER WAY TO CONTROL THEM FOR HEAVEN’S…
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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.