Multiple ant samples from Holualoa have been positive for LFA (little fire ant). Holualoa homeowners are organizing a community LFA awareness meeting on December 5, 2015 at the Holualoa Inn (76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy) from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. BIISC staff will be accompanying Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL) personnel, who will be on site to present information about ant biology and control methods, and answer questions about the pests. HAL staff will also be providing a free demonstration on preparing their gel bait, specially designed for LFA in Hawaii’s unique environments.
Feel free to bring ants samples from your property to check if you have LFA. Survey your property by using chopsticks (or similar items like coffee stirrers) and peanut butter. Smear a small amount of (preferably creamy) peanut butter on the stick and place it around your property. Survey your border and high risk areas such as fruit trees and compost piles. Place the sticks in shady areas about 10 feet from each other. Wait about 30 minutes to an hour, then check the sticks. If they have ants, stick them in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer overnight to kill them. Avoid smashing the ants as it makes it harder to ID.
See you there!
Questions about the meeting? Contact Heather Forester 315-5656
Link to HAL website: Hawaii Ant Lab