Although termites are the most economically important pest in Hawaii, the two pests we get the most calls for in the general pest control are ants and roaches. Ants don’t have the same “gross” factor as roaches, but they can be very frustrating, showing up almost anywhere in a house, for no apparent reason.
Ant Control in Hawaii
There are many types of ants found in Hawaii. Some are native, like the tropical fire ant, and some are recently introduced and quite invasive, like the argentine ant and little fire ant (LFA.)
The main ants we find invading people’s homes are the glabber ant, which usually comes from an outside source such as plants or organic material, ghost ants, which can come from outside, but can easily nest inside, and big headed ants, which also will find their way inside, but stick mainly to the ground and nest in wall voids.
These three main types of structurally invasive ants can require different control methods, of which we excel at. We will also be able to identify sources or attractants that may help reduce the pest population while reducing pesticides around your home.
Home Ant Control
Some of these sources may be as obvious as a trail coming from your neighbors home or nearby plant life. Sometimes the cause or attractant is something as simple as fish food, water, or bringing them in off freshly cut flowers from the farmers market. We’ve seen it all and our technicians are well versed in taking care of ants in your home.
Like termites, ants are social insects that generally build large colonies with specified biological castes with specific jobs. They communicate with pheromones and hydrocarbons that are emitted from their exoskeletons. The odors emitted from these hydrocarbons can help ant differentiate members of their colony and form groups to carry out specific tasks for the good of the colony. Ants can be observed to clean themselves, work in groups, and communicate, which compared to some humans can seem advanced ; )
Ant Control Service
Our general pest control service includes pest service for all ants except carpenter ants, which may incur additional fees as they can require specialized attic treatments to maintain control. This sometimes the use of ladders or attic work. For more information on our general pest pricing or other services, click on the links or fill out the form on this page. We can also be reached by phone, text, email, or messaging on Facbook, Instagram, or Yelp.