Little fire ants (LFA) are a severe problem across the Big Island, affecting residents’ abilities to live our daily lives. But you can get these critters under control! With vigilance and commitment, we can work together to stop the spread of little fire ant and reclaim ground against this nuisance. LFA threaten our food security and well-being in Hawai’i, and we hope you’re ready to join us in stopping the ant.
October is Stop-the-Ant month in Hawaii, and we are encouraging all residents to test for little fire ants using a simple survey with peanut butter. Many people believe they do not have fire ants because they have not been stung, but ants can be present for 6 months to a year before you begin to notice them! Only by surveying can you be sure your property is fire ant free.
If you do have fire ants, did you know that it is possible to treat effectively and safely, and ensure that you, your children, and your pets can safely enjoy your home and yard? Check out our Little Fire Ant information page to learn more.
Join us at the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Howl’ween PetWalks to get more information about little fire ant. Bring in frozen ant samples and have them identified on site to confirm if you have little fire ants!
Sat Oct 21 Hilo Liliuokalani Gardens 7:30 am
Sat Oct 28 Kona King Kamehameha Hotel 7:30 am
Community information sessions on little fire ants:
Thurs, Oct 26 @6pm at Kealekehe Elementary School library
Wed, Nov 1 @6pm at Laupahoehoe Community PCS school cafeteria
Come and learn what you need to know to stop the ant!