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Sandwich Isle Pest Solution under the leadership of Michael Botha has taken the lead on feral hog management in Hawaii. We have made it our goal to be the number 1 predator of feral pigs in Hawaii, and we are working hard toward that goal. So why are we taking such a hard stand on feral pigs? Well, there are many reasons:

  • Feral pigs are not native to Hawaii; therefore, they have no natural predators

  • The wild pig population in Hawaii is descended from a crossbreeding of very aggressive Asian species and a larger European pig.

  • Feral pigs are omnivores - they eat plants and animals

  • Pigs have a very inefficient digestive tract that requires them to eat constantly

  • Feral pigs are extremely destructive to our natural habitats and crops

  • Feral pigs have caused an ecological disaster as they devour vegetation, trample undergrowth, uproot plants, and undermine root systems of trees and shrubs

  • Feral pigs wallow creating large holes or divots in the ground which collect rain water and give excess breeding grounds for mosquitoes

  • Feral pigs carry hog brucellosis which begins with flu symptoms in people, is incurable, and fatal.

  • Feral pigs can dig a 20 ft. x 20 ft. plot of grassland in an hour

  • Feral pigs have been recorded destroying 40 acres of corn in 1 weekend

You get the idea - feral pigs are definitely not our friends!

They are avid eaters and will devour anything in their path. So what do they eat? Well, plants, grass, roots, seeds, fruit, earthworms, grasshoppers, centipedes, beetles, frogs, fish, crab, turtles, rodents, snakes, eggs and babies of ground-nesting birds, even baby goats! You name it, they will eat it. Due to the fact that they will eat anything, anywhere, anytime they can survive in just about any climate.

Exactly what is Sandwich Isle Pest Solution doing about this extensive issue you ask? Well, we use thermal and night vision technology to hunt and trap these vicious creatures. We have found that the most effective way to gain ground with these advancing beasts is to use corral traps. We set up the trap in an area known to harbor pigs. We then spend time feeding the herd and allowing them to get comfortable with the trap. We use video equipment to monitor the progress of the herd. Once we feel the entire herd - or at least a large majority of the herd - is in the corral feeding, we push a remote control button, and - Wham! The trap shuts containing all the pigs. We have a nearly 100% capture rate with this method. Then we proceed to carefully and humanely destroy the pigs.

So whether you call them wild pigs, wild hogs, wild boars, or feral swine, the outcome is the same - destruction of our ecosystem. Because of the danger faced when dealing with wild pigs due to their aggressive nature and the illness they carry, you should never try to handle wild pig infestations on your own. These very social beasts usually travel in herds and will defend each other to the death. If you have an infestation of wild pigs on your property, contact us and we will take care of it for you.

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