Top Story: Hawaii ants

Inspecting ants

Pesky ants found in Hawaii
demonstrate invasive characteristics

November 3, 2011
By Brian Wallheimer

A common pest in the mainland United States known for its tropical smell now has a tropical habitat to go along with it.

Odorous house ants - so called because they tend to invade houses and smell like coconut when smashed - have found their way to Hawaii. And, according to Purdue University entomologist Grzegorz Buczkowski, it doesn't seem as though they have plans to end their vacations.

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