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ant clinic for small plant vendors
Monday, October 21, 2013
hi folks,

Hawaii Ant Lab will be holding a clinic for small nursery operators and plant vendors on 22 November.  Participants will need to be actively growing or selling plants at places like our farmers markets in order to be accepted for the clinic.  Please email Kanoe kanoe.malani@littlefireants.com, or call her at 808-315-5656 to request availability.

The clinic will run from 9.00am to 3.00pm with a one hour break for lunch.  Coffee and snacks will be provided (donation optional), but lunch will not.  Parking will be off-street as there is no parking available at the HDOA office.
Venue is the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Building, 16 East Lanikaula St Hilo.

congrats graduates of latest ant clinic!
Monday, September 30, 2013
We had another terrific group in the Hawaii Ant Lab last Friday 27 Sept 2013!  They were really enthusiastic and seemed to enjoy the day.  welcome to the ant-killer club folks!

next ant clinic on 9-27
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
We held our third ant clinic last week and 20 participants attended.  Everyone seemed happy with the information and training provided.  Our next clinic will be on 9-27 and hopefully this will help clear our waiting list.  Kanoe will contact wait-list people to confirm their attendance.

ad links on the site
Thursday, August 22, 2013
We are trialing some ad links on this site.  clicking on the ads generates a small amount of revenue which will be used to help maintain the site.

next clinic now full
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
All places for the next clinic have been filled, but Kanoe is still taking names for the next one.  please email Kanoe.malani@littlefireants.com if you would like your name on the list for a future clinic.

next ant management clinic, August 30
Friday, August 02, 2013
hi folks,
HAL had our first ant management clinic last week and it was so well received by participants that we have decided to hold a second clinic on August 30th.

time:  9.00am to 3.00pm

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.

You MUST email Kanoe Malani - kanoe.malani@littlefireants.com to book a place.  We will contact those people on the waiting list also.  Not many places left so please book early.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Just found out the link to Philoutlet for buying xanthan gum no longer works.  You can still buy the rapid-dissolve xanthan through Ebay. 
just go here - http://stores.ebay.com/phil-outlet/_i.html?_nkw=xanthan+rd&submit=Search&_sid=1080504058
or click the header of this note to take you there direct.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
It’s the middle of summer here in Hawai‘i  island.  If you walk, play golf or ride a motorcycle, you will probably notice swarms of little flying gnats hovering around.  This happens mostly in mid or late afternoon when its sunny (or at least not raining).  What the hec are they???  Well, they are actually flying ants!  We have an ant species here called Brachymyrmex obscurior or the Rover Ant.  Its not native to Hawai‘i  (no ants here actually are), and we only see them this time of year, from June to August.  The Rover Ant is a small, cryptic ant that lives most of its life underground, in the thatch layer of grass and lawns.  Here they feed on the sugar exuded by root mealybugs and we pretty much never see them - except now…

New ant queens and the males have wings.  At certain times of year, whole swarms of these will take to the air and join the mile-high club.  Or at least, they will mate.  After mating, the new queens land and try to start new colonies.  the male ants are no longer needed and they eventually die.  Different species create these “nuptial flights” at different times of the year, different weather conditions, and will fly at different heights.  Rover Ants are really small and only fly up to around 15 feet.  This is the only time we ever notice Rover Ants because the rest of the year they live underground and away from view.  If you enjoy walking, playing golf or riding motorcycles, you will invariably end up surrounded by these little creatures at some time during the summer.  So, if anyone asks, or comments, you will be able to tell them that they are actually ants, not gnats!

For more information, go to the very knowledgeable folks at ANTWEB
<http://www.antweb.org/description.do?genus=brachymyrmex&name=obscurior&project=netherlandsants>

Gary Morton speaks about LFA in Australia
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A colleague from Australia visited HAL during the week and we discussed the situation in Australia and shared new developments in control methods.  Gary returns to Cairns Australia on 7-20

next fire ant clinic booked out
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Wow - demand for the fire ant clinic was a lot stronger than we expected!  Places for the clinic being held on 26 July have filled rather quickly and no further seats are available.  However, we plan to hold another one very soon.  If you are interested in attending the next clinic, please contact Kanoe - kanoe.malani@littlefireants.com and leave your name and contact details.  we will email you or call once the date for the next one is finalized.

workshop for residents managing Little Fire Ants: July 26
Monday, July 01, 2013
Hi folks.  This is a date claimer for July 26.

We plan to hold a one day workshop for people who want to learn how to manage Little Fire Ants around their homes.  The workshop will include sessions on mixing and applying granular and gel baits, discussions on the best bait brands, and safe pesticide handling by the HDOA Pesticide Education officer Dereck Shigematsu.

It will be held at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture offices on 16 E. Lanikaula St, starting 9.00 AM and finishing 3.00 PM.  Parking spaces are not available so people will need to park along Lanikaula St or elsewhere.

Seating is limited to 20 people, so first in, best dressed!  Please RSVP to Kanoe Malani:  kanoe.malani@littlefireants.com

Cas

Hawaii Tourism Authority awards HAL with grant
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Hawaii Tourism is funding a proposal from Hawaii Ant Lab and Hawaii County that aims to control increasing Little Fire Ant problems in public areas.  Some of Hilo's beach parks and the Panaewa Zoo are badly infested with LFA.  Visitors are being stung constantly by ants falling from trees.  HAL and Hawaii County can now work together to develop a solution and a treatment strategy for this problem.  Thank you Hawaii Tourism Authority!

next Little Fire Ant presentation
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The Higashi garden club will host a presentation on Little Fire Ants at their next meeting on April 25th.  The meeting will be held at the Higashi Hongwanji church.

Farm bill grant awarded to HAL
Monday, April 01, 2013
USDA APHIS awarded HAL a small grant under the Farm Bill for 2013.  This grant will give us the opportunity to work with small scale plant vendors at Farmers Markets in the Hilo area.  We plan to engage the market organizers to provide training to small scale plant vendors.  We hope this will reduce the ant risks associated with buying potted plants at these venues.

Welcome to the new and improved HAL website!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We've been hard at work here at the Hawaii Ant Lab and have completely revamped our website.  Welcome to the new site and please send us your feedback and comments!

Next treatment date at Kauai
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Michelle will be traveling to Kauai to complete the 6th treatment there.

Yellow Crazy Ants on Johnston Atoll
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Met with the great folks from FWS today.  Stefan Kropidlowski, Sheldon Plentovich, Lee Ann Woodward and their colleagues have been doing great things on the eradication program there

Thursday, September 25, 2014
We are often asked by callers to recommend a pest controller.  As a rule we do not specifically recommend a particular company.  However, we feel that the best pest exterminators are most likely members of an industry association - in this case the Hawaii Pest Control Association.  There will be oher good professionals out there as well but we have found that HPCA members tend to be very well informed, regularly attend conferences and meeting to keep up with the latest methods and are very professional.  Clicking on this blog link will take you to their page of Big Island members.  We have also added the link in our fact sheet menu.

Next Ant Management Clinics October 3rd and 31st
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Hi fellow ant battlers

The next ant management clinic is scheduled for 3rd October.  There are just a few places for this workshop still available.  There will also be a clinic on 31st October which is currently open.  These clinics will be focused primarily on residents who wish to manage LFA around their homes.  We start with some ant biology basics, then participants will be guided through the various management techniques including practical demonstrations on how to apply granular baits and making the HAL gel bait.  Past clinics have been very well attended so please get your booking in early as there are limited seats available.
time:  9.00am to 3.00pm

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI


Sorry, but there is no off-street parking so please park along Lanikaula St or elsewhere.

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.

You MUST email Heather Forester - heather.forester@littlefireants.com to book a place.


new fact sheet added - LFA in mulch
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We have added a new fact sheet to our series.  LFA in mulch and how to manage possible LFA colonies.  You can find it in the drop-down menu at the left of our home page.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Kirsten French, a journalist with Aljazeera USA recently visited HAL and wrote a story on the growing LFA problem here.  Read her story here.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/8/22/paradise-lost-hawaiisalieninvasion.html


Next Ant Management clinic is 25 July
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Hi fellow ant battlers

The next ant management clinic is scheduled for 25th July.  This clinic will be focused primarily on residents who wish to manage LFA around their homes.  We start with some ant biology basics, then participants will be guided through the various management techniques including practical demonstrations on how to apply granular baits and making the HAL gel bait.  Past clinics have been very well attended so please get your booking in early as there are limited seats available.
time:  9.00am to 3.00pm

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI


Sorry, but there is no off-street parking so please park along Lanikaula St or elsewhere.

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.

You MUST email Heather Forester - heather.forester@littlefireants.com to book a place.


Monday, June 23, 2014
Hi fellow ant battlers

The next ant management clinic is scheduled for 25th July.  This clinic will be focused primarily on residents who wish to manage LFA around their homes.  We start with some ant biology basics, then participants will be guided through the various management techniques including practical demonstrations on how to apply granular baits and making the HAL gel bait.  Past clinics have been very well attended so please get your booking in early as there are limited seats available.
time:  9.00am to 3.00pm

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI

an agenda can be downloaded by clicking this message

Sorry, but there is no off-street parking so please park along Lanikaula St or elsewhere.

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.

You MUST email Heather Forester - heather.forester@littlefireants.com to book a place.

below is a map to HDOA office in Hilo



SMALL BOTTLES OF TANGO NOW AVAILABLE!
Monday, April 07, 2014
hi folks,

Fantastic news! Reggie Hassegawa from Crop Production Service just called to tell me that the 1 pint bottles of TANGO are now in stock. It will be available at the following locations and selling for $49.75 each.  One pint should be enough to last 1 year for an average urban houselot, or enough to treat around 2 acres depending on how much vegetation.

CPS Hilo
900 Leilani St Hilo ph (808)-935-7191
link to map - click here

Garden Exchange
300 Keawe Street. Hilo, HI 96720. ph (808)-961-2875
link to map - click here

Del's Farm Supply Hilo
199 Kalanikoa St. Hilo, HI 96720. ph (808)-935-6378
link to map  - click here

Al’s home and farm in Kona
81-940 Halekii St Kealakekua, HI 96750. ph (808)-322-3883
link to map - click here

Farm and Garden in Kona
73-5582 Olowalu St Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. ph (808)-329-4775
link to map - click here


Ant management workshop for small nurseries
Monday, March 24, 2014
The next ant management workshop will be on April 25th.  This workshop is specifically for owners and operators of small nurseries, plant vendors at farmers markets and hobbyists.


Please email Heather to reserve your place - heather.forester@littlefireants.com

date - April 25th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI

There is no on-site parking, please park along the verge on Lanikaula st.

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.




great workshop last week - next one scheduled for 21 March
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
We had one of the best ever ant clinics here at HAL last week!  This was the first clinic with new HAL staffers Trent, Matt and Heather.

The next clinic will be on March 21st.  Please email Heather to reserve your place heather.forester@littlefireants.com

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.



28 February - Next Ant Management Clinic
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
after a brief break over the holiday season, our 2014 ant management clinics will commence on Friday February 28.

time:  9.00am to 3.00pm

address:
Hawaii Department of Agriculture conference room
16 E' Lanikaula St Hilo HI

donation towards coffee and snacks appreciated.  no lunch provided but a selection of eateries nearby.

You MUST email Heather Forester - heather.forester@littlefireants.com to book a place. 


meet Matt and Heather - new HAL staffers
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
hi folks,  Its been rather hectic here at HAL over the past couple months.  LFA have been found on Maui (again), Oahu as well as Lanai.  We farewelled Kanoe Malani who has accepted a position with the Hamakua Soil and Water Conservation District as a consevation planner.

Meet Matt Kema and Heather Forester - our new HAL staffers.They each bring wonderful new talents and skills to the Lab and I hope they stay with us for some time to come.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Governor Abercrombie attended the premiere of the LFA documentary at Julia's Cafe on Monday 13th January.  At the event, he presented an award recognizing the contribution of Hawaii Ant Lab to invasive species management.  In his speech, he honored all invasive species battlers in Hawaii.  Michelle Montgomery and Cas Vanderwoude were there to receive the award.  Unfortunately, other HAL researchers Kanoe Malani and Matt Kema were unable to attend.

Gov Abercrombie spoke at length about the importance of this issue for his administration and has re-afirmed his committment to make this a high priority issue during the upcoming legislative session.



Thursday, January 23, 2014
Governor Neil Abercrombie highlighted invasive species and especially Little Fire Ants as a high priority concern for his administration in this week's "State of the State" address, calling invasive species a "Biological crisis"..

We are experiencing a biological crisis and deadly threat to our isolated ecosystem, our natural resources and our economy. A multitude of invaders - such as the little fire ant that can blind animals and destroy nesting birds and hatchlings, the coconut rhinoceros beetle, and parasites attacking coffee crops - graphically illustrate the seriousness of the issue



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