Little Fire Ants Awareness Forum

October 24, 2019
6pm   -   8pm
West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers

This community forum will focus on one of the world’s top 100 most invasive species, the Little Fire Ant (LFA). These cryptic ants are very small, slow moving and reddish-orange in color. You may be living with them and not even know until you are rained on by falling ants which can sting you and your family. LFA are also known to sting pets in the eyes that can potentially lead to blindness. Landscape and farming industries are also greatly impacted. At this meeting, the Hawaii Ant Lab will be discussing the biology of LFA, their impacts, and how to use Integrated Pest Management to prevent the spread of LFA, as well as Best Management Practices to combat LFA infestations. For more information on Little Fire Ants visit:

You can bring ant samples to this meeting for identification. To test for LFA:

  1. Put a thin layer of peanut butter on chopsticks

  2. Place them around your yard in shady, moist areas

  3. Collect them after one hour and place in ziplock bags

  4. Freeze them for 24 hours to kill them

  5. If you cannot make it to the meeting, you can mail your samples to the Hawaii Ant Lab or Big Island Invasive Species Committee for identification

This forum took place on October 24, 2019, at 6pm at West Hawai'i Civic Center, Council Chambers.

To learn more about each Forum featured speaker, click onto the presenter's name listed below their picture.

This event was moderated by:

The event's featured speakers were:

Heather Forrester
Hawaii Ant Lab, Hilo Office
Kiyoshi Adachi
Hawaii Ant Lab, Kona Office
Franny Brewer
Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC)
Rep. Nicole Lowen
House, District 6

Forum Session Video

View the recorded session here: