The Little Fire Ant is an invasive species which has made it's presence known on the Big Island. Unlike the native fire ants, these ants are extremely small and near impossible to properly identify with the naked eye. These ants also do not tend to respond to all standard ant treatment methods. Bait testing is available if you suspect you have presence of Little Fire Ant on your property. Self treatment methods are also available for homeowners. You may contact our office for more details.
Although most Fire Ants species are not invasive, they can be more aggressive than most native species of ant. When threatened fire ants can bite and sting. For humans, this is a painful sting that can create the sensation of a burn, similar to fire. The venom of fire ant stings can produce Anaphylactic Shock in some sensitive people.
Carpenter Ants are large ants known to be native to most of the world. They build nests in dead damp wood and can hollow out trees. They reside both indoors and outdoors in moist decaying or hollow wood. They build passageways to allow passage from one part of the nest to another. They can damage wood on construction sites and leave a sawdust material behind as a clue to their location. They do not actually eat the wood removed while building nests, rather deposit it outside entrances to the colony in small piles. Each colony is founded by a single fertilized queen that establishes a nesting site in a cavity of wood. The most effective way to treat for ants is to do so slowly, give the workers time to bring back the bait to their queen and colony.
White-Footed Ants do not bite or sting, and they have not been linked to any structural damage. They are, however, attracted to sweet foods and can commonly be found foraging indoors and outdoors. They possess an enormous population, and through budding and swarming, have tremendous reproduction capabilities.
tend to make nests inside walls and in other hard-to-reach places as well as on the exterior. These ants prefer sweets, protein and fatty foods with warmer temperatures and humidity.
are a very fast moving breed that tends to prefer to live in the ground or in trees. Occasionally though, you may find them indoors as well. This breed prefers sweets but will also feed on grease and proteins.
are named such due to the soldiers having very large heads. This breed is aggressive and will eat just about anything.
typically nest outside but will sometimes make their way inside homes in search for food, most commonly sweets. This is a biting ant that will spray the wound with a chemical that creates a burning sensation.
are best identified by their quick and erratic movements. These ants enjoy just about any type of food.
are named such due to their bodies appearing extremely small when in fact they are larger than they appear as they have a dark colored head and a near translucent body. Ghost ants are fond of eating sweets, namely honeydew, and will also feed on other living and dead insects.