To report little fire ants on your property call the PEST HOTLINE at 634-PEST (634-7378).
The Department of Agriculture is surveying about 125 homes near the 95-1000 block of Auina Street in Mililani Mauka for the little fire ant. “These ants are known to sting and cause large, red welts, the pests can also cause blindness in pets.” (Star-Advertiser, June 28, 2014)
Residents are asked to place a thin layer of peanut butter on a stick every few feet in and around the plants in your yard during the cool part of the day. After an hour examine the stick to see if the ants are orange/red and very small. If so, seal the sticks in a bag, freeze them overnight to kill them. (Star-Advertiser, June 28, 2014) Mail or take them to the Department of Agriculture for identification at Hawaii Department of Agriculture, 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814, Attn Benarr.
Learn more about the the Little Fire Ant and the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. Marilyn recently interviewed Rob Curtiss, Entomologist (Acting Plant Pest Control Branch Manager, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, responsible on the island for both the Little Fire Ant and Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle invasive species) on Kukui Connection. Watch the episode here.