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Old 03-07-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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Silly question. Does Hawaii have Fire Ants. I thought I read some place (can't remember where) about stinging ants in Hawaii, are they the same?
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Kahala
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Silly question. Does Hawaii have Fire Ants. I thought I read some place (can't remember where) about stinging ants in Hawaii, are they the same?
Yep

Little Fire Ant — Hawaii Department of Agriculture
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Hilo, HI
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Also have crazy ants, black ants, flying ants, lots of critters but the geckos will eat them.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:51 PM
 
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I live in SC so I am used to bugs. LOL We were hoping to escape fire ants. I never heard of crazy ants. Do they sting or bite too?
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Hilo, HI
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Well they have never bit me so I would say no, they just run around like they are drunk and eat anything you drop or leave out.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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From what I understand, LFA don't travel very far very fast on their own, its by moving top soil, plants etc that they hitch a ride to new locations. So diligence is needed when bringing in plants or soil. The stores sell fire ant poison bait. You must buy the right type of poison that will be taken and fed to the queens in order to control them. Once they have their foothold, treating for them will be a part of your life. Just spraying regular insecticide will only kill the workers, and the colony will respond by producing more ants.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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From what I understand, LFA don't travel very far very fast on their own, its by moving top soil, plants etc that they hitch a ride to new locations. So diligence is needed when bringing in plants or soil.
My neighbor the Master Gardner warned me to be diligent when picking up free compost at the Hilo Dump, because it sometimes has LFAs. So I inspect it carefully, before and after loading.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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My neighbor the Master Gardner warned me to be diligent when picking up free compost at the Hilo Dump, because it sometimes has LFAs. So I inspect it carefully, before and after loading.
Personally, I wouldn't risk it. But if I had too, I would treat the compost with fire ant poison immediately upon arrival.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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We use Bayer Fire Ant Killer Dust. It is in a blue container. It is a white powder and it says it kills the queen too. When we use it we don't find the hill a few feet away. LOL
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