Hawaii is home to many types of ants. Ant infestations are among the most commonly reported pest problems for homeowners in Hawaii. Because ants are social and live in colonies of tens of thousands of ants, if you spot an ant in your home you can assume you are soon to be invaded by many more. While not dangerous, ants are a nuisance pest known to contaminate food, cause damage to structures, and some species bite and sting. The types of ants in Hawaii include:
Pavement Ants - Pavement ants are about 3/16 of an inch in size and are dark brown or black in color. They are the most common ants in Hawaii. They come into your home through cracks in the foundation and multiple rapidly. Pavement ants do not bite.
Pharaoh Ants - Pharaoh ants are under 2mm in length are a reddish-brown color. Several hundred thousand workers live in a Pharaoh ant colony.
Carpenter Ants - The carpenter ant is about 1.26 cm in length and is reddish black in color. They destroy wood. Because of the potential for structural damage, a carpenter ant infestation should always involve professional pest control for elimination.
Tropical Fire Ants - Tiny and red, tropical fire ants have a painful sting. Some people can be allergic to the sting.
White Footed Ants - A typical black ant with white feet, a single colony can contain over 3 million workers.
Big-Headed Ants - Big-headed ants are invasive and kill other ant species as well as some beetle species.
Crazy Ants - Crazy ants don’t walk in a straight line and instead zigzag all over the place. They are an invasive ant species that will kill other ants.
Tiny yellow Ants - Tiny yellow ants go into homes to eat. They love sweets. They are very difficult to get rid of and typically require professional pest control solutions to exterminate.
Ant Prevention Tips
Keeping ants out of your home is difficult. You can try the following do-it-yourself prevention tips, but it is also recommended that you obtain a professional year-round pest control solution to prevent ants and other pests from coming into your home:
Seal all gaps around doors, windows, and wherever pipes or utility lines enter the home.
Replace or repair all window screens that have rips or holes in them.
Clear mulch, trees, shrubs, and dead vegetation from around your home.
Keep all food in tightly sealed containers.
Clean up spills and crumbs immediately.
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