Managing Ants on the Big Island: How to keep the beasts at bay

Sep 20, 2018 7:00 PM

A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Michelle Montgomery, Research Specialist for the Hawaiʻi Ant Lab

The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday 20 September, 2018 at UH Hilo Science & Technology Building (STB) Room # 108. This exciting free lecture is open to the public and starts at 7 pm.

Little Fire Ants (LFA) are one of the worst pests in Hawaiʻi affecting residents, agriculture, and blinding pets. But LFA aren't the only ants that cause problems, be it in natural areas such as on Maunakea or in your own home. Invasive ants have spread throughout the Hawai`ian archipelago over the past century and few places have remained untouched by invasion. Not all ants are pests but some can have serious impacts on people and the environment. Impacts can vary from being a simple nuisance to damaging homes and blinding pets and everything in between. Protect your own piece of paradise through preventative measures and active control. Every property is different and no single “silver bullet” exists but the concepts and options covered in this talk can be scaled for any size job and adjusted for almost any species of ant. Learn which of Hawaii’s ants are pests, what makes them special, and how to use their strengths against them in order to control them.

Michelle is the Research Specialist for the Hawai`i Ant Lab. Originally from California; she has lived on the Big Island since 2002 where she began her career in Entomology. She has a degree from UH Hilo in Agriculture Crop Protection and has worked for various federal research facilities and the University of Hawaiʻi. Her professional interests include invasive species and insect pest control, conservation, education, and public communication.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is free and open to the public. On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

About the Maunakea Speaker Series

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

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