FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS (since hired at UH, July 2019)

  1. Novel methods to manage invasive yellow crazy ants (PI); Hawaii Invasive Species Council; Jan-Dec 2021; $ 31,548.
  2. Development of postharvest treatments for a quarantine pest. USDA-ARS; 2020-2021; $ 119,000.
  3. Improved Detection and Control of Tropical Invasive Insect Pests (PI); USDA-ARS; 2020-2022; $ 140,000.
  4. Field Evaluation of Above-ground Baits in Eliminating Subterranean Termites (PI); Corteva Agriscience; 2020-2021; $ 20,000.
  5. Evaluation of a Termite Defense System Against Formosan Subterranean Termites in Hawaii (PI); Polyguard, Inc., Texas; 2019; $ 5,500.
  6. Linalool: Biosynthesis in Sweet Basil and Applications in Human Health and Pest Control (Co-PI); USDA NIFA Research Capacity Funds; 2020; $ 8,970.
  7. Managing Insects of Urban and Medical Importance in Hawaii using Integrated Pest Management (PI); Extension Plan of Work, Smith-Lever Fund; 2020-2024; $ 4,000.
  8. Ecology and Management of Invasive Ants and Termites (PI); USDA NIFA Hatch; 2020-2024.


  1. Jia-Wei Tay, Dong-Hwan Choe, Ashok Mulchandani and Michael K. Rust. 2020. Hydrogels: From controlled release to a new bait delivery for insect pest management. Journal of Economic Entomology (published online on August 27, 2020). [pdf]
  2. Kelsey McCalla, Jia-Wei Tay, Ashok Mulchandani, Dong-Hwan Choe and Mark Hoddle. 2020. Biodegradable alginate hydrogel bait delivery system effectively controls high-density populations of Argentine ant in commercial citrus. Journal of Pest Science 93: 1031-1042. DOI: 10.1007/S10340-019-01175-9. [pdf]
  3. Managing drywood termites using heat technology: a case study at a condominium unit in Honolulu, Hawaii. 2020.
  4. Necrophobic behavior of the Asian subterranean termite (in preparation)
  5. JiaWei Tay, Mark Hoddle, Ashok Mulchandani and Dong-Hwan Choe. 2017. Development of an alginate hydrogel to deliver aqueous bait for pest ant management. Pest Management Science 73: 2028-2038. (Pest Management Science‘s cover image, October 2017) [pdf]
  6. Ching-Chen Lee, Hirotaka Nakao, Shu-Ping Tseng, Hung-Wei Hsu, Gwo-Li Lin, Jia-Wei Tay, Johan Billen, Fuminori Ito, Chow-Yang Lee, Chung-Chi Lin and Chin-Cheng Yang. 2017. Worker reproduction of the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes. Frontiers in Zoology 14:24. DOI 10.1186/s12983-017-0210-4. [pdf]
  7. JiaWei Tay and Chow-Yang Lee. 2015. Induced disturbances cause Monomorium pharaonis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) nest relocation.  Journal of Economic Entomology 108: 1237-1242. [pdf]
  8.  JiaWei Tay and Chow-Yang Lee. 2015. Effects of a juvenile hormone analogue pyriproxyfen on monogynous and polygynous colonies of the Pharaoh ant Monomorium pharaonis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Tropical Biomedicine 32: 453-462[pdf]
  9. JiaWei Tay and Chow-Yang Lee. 2014. Influences of pyriproxyfen on fecundity and reproduction of the pharaoh ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 107: 1216-1223. [pdf]
  10. JiaWei Tay, Kok-Boon Neoh, and Chow-Yang Lee. 2014. The roles of the queen, brood and worker castes in the colony growth dynamics of the pharaoh ant,Monomorium pharaonis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecological News 20: 87-94. [pdf]
  11.  Shao-Xiong Cheah, JiaWei Tay, Lai-Kheng Chan, and Zairi Jaal. 2013. Larvicidal, oviposition, and ovicidal effects of Artemisia annua (Asterales: Asteraceae) against Aedes aegypti, Anopheles sinensis, and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae). Parasitology Research 112: 3275-3282. [pdf]


  1. Jia-Wei Tay and Dong-Hwan Choe. 2018. Using seaweed to deliver liquid ant baits(UC IPM information for pest management professionals and pesticide applicators).Green Bulletin 8: 1-2.
  2. Kelsey Schall, Jia-Wei Tay, Ashok Mulchandani, Dong-Hwan Choe and Mark Hoddle. 2018. Harnessing hydrogels in the battle against invasive ants: Could a hydrogel baiting system solve Argentine ant problems in southern California citrus? Citrograph 9: 30-35. 
  3. JiaWei Tay, Mark Hoddle, Ashok Mulchandani and Dong-Hwan Choe. 2017. The use of an alginate hydrogel to deliver aqueous bait to manage an invasive ant pest in residential settings. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Urban Pests. Birmingham, UK. M.P. Davies, C. Pfeiffer and W.H. Robinson (eds). Pureprint Group, UK, pp. 265-269.
  4. Jia-Wei Tay. 2014. Sociotomy, caste influences and the effects of juvenile hormone analogue on the colonies of the Pharaoh ant, Monomorium pharaonis (L.)(Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  5. Jia-Wei Tay. 2009. Necrophobic behavior of the Asian subterranean termite and a mound building termite. Universiti Sains Malaysia.


  1. State of Hawaii Pest Control Board, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Serve as UH Representative and Voting Member in Board Meetings
  2. Hawaii Pest Control Association
  3. Search Committee Member, Mycology position, Department of Plant and Environment Protection Sciences.
  4. Student Competition Judge, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting.
  5. Proctor, Board Certified Entomologist Examination.
  6. Hawaii Wood Utilization Team, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. 


  1. Kaiser High School, Hawaii’s termite project. 2019-present.
  2. Hawaii Pacific University laboratory termite project. 2019-present.


  1. Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences booth. Welina Manoa, Campus Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 26 August 2019.
  2. Termite Inspection Training. University of Hawaii at Manoa. 23-24 August 2019.
  3. Urban Entomology Booth. Riverside Insect Fair. 28 April 2018.
  4. 2018 UC Riverside Urban Pest Management Conference. 21 March 2018.
  5. Urban Entomology Booth. Riverside Insect Fair. 29 April 2017. 
  6. Urban Entomology Booth. Riverside Insect Fair. 30 April 2016. 
  7. 2016 UC Riverside Urban Pest Management Conference 2016.
  8. ENTM 272 Research Seminar in Insect Communication and Behavior. Winter 2016/17.


“The use of biodegradable hydrogel to deliver aqueous bait to control pest ants” (2016). U.S. Patent No. PCT/US2017/053761

“Biodegradable hydrogel to deliver aqueous bait to control pest ants”. U.S. Patent Application No. 16/337, 166.