Plain and simple, the bigheaded ant in Hawaii is a major nuisance. It belongs to a group of forty-five non-native, invasive ant groups that range for minor pests, to incredibly destructive invasives. Unfortunately, the bigheaded ant falls into the latter category as a significant Hawaii pest control species.
Documented among the Hawaiian invasive species community, the bigheaded ant plagues the native seabird population and can even cause fatalities among Petrel, Shearwater and Tropic Bird chicks–some have been witness eating seabird chicks alive.
About The Bigheaded Ant
Similar to other Hawaii pest groups, the bigheaded ant is divided into two groups: major workers and minor workers. As you might suspect, the major worker groups have large heads and generally serve as colony soldiers and defenders of the nest. Additionally, they can use their powerful jaw mandibles to crack open seeds and other food source for the rest of the colony. The minor workers are half the size of the major workers, and are tasked with feeding and tending the colony.
Bigheaded ants prefer to nest in soil beneath rocks, wood or yard debris. For property owners, the bigheaded ant will most likely be found nesting along cinder foundation blocks, concrete slabs, or other structural supports. They will enter the interior of properties via foundation cracks looking for easily available high protein food sources. Most bigheaded ant home invasions begin with colonies built outside the home.
Ask your Honolulu Pest Control Expert about how to follow an ant trail back to its nest and get rid of ants permanently.
When to call your Pest Control Expert
If bigheaded ants are foraging for food in your home, chances are you have an ant infestation. Begin by removing all possible nesting locations outside the house such as yard debris and discarded wood piles as these are optimal locations for a bigheaded ant colony. Bigheaded ants are tough and will return if the nest is only partly destroyed. As with other super pest species, it’s pest to let a pest control specialist make sure your Hawaii ant infestation has been completely and permanently eradicated.
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