Ants

What are ants?

An ant infestation is one of the most commonly reported pest problems. Ants are social insects and live in colonies containing at least one queen and her workers, usually in underground nests comprised of chambers and interconnecting tunnels where ants store food, lay eggs and maintain nurseries. The workers forage for food to feed the young and protect the queen. There can be tens of thousands of ants in a single colony and several colonies inhabiting the soil or landscape surrounding a property. For that very reason, ants can be a particularly difficult pest to eradicate. The most common species of small ants to infest our region are pavement ants and pharaoh ants.

Why do I have them?

These tiny scavengers will enter your home or business looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Rotting or damp wood that is moldy can attract ants. Ants also feed on sugar, cheese, meats, vegetables, grease, peanut butter and dead insects.

Ants often enter a home through cracks around windows or doors, but they can find numerous entrances to your home or building. Once inside, the growing ant colony can become a problem quickly, as ants mature from juveniles to adults within a matter of days.

Are they dangerous?

Ants are considered nuisance pests for the most part, but Hawaii does have several species of ants that can bite and sting.

How do I get rid of ants?

It is necessary to properly identify the ant species that you have in order to effectively eradicate them. Ants can be a difficult pest to get rid of due to the nature of their foraging habits and colony development. Only a small percentage of ants within a colony are actively foraging for food, so it is important to inspect and locate where the ants are coming from. It is entirely possible for ants to be foraging long distances and the nest may not actually be located on your property. Proper sanitation in your home will reduce crumbs and spills that attract ants to your kitchen and cutting back plants so they do not touch your house, especially palms, bushes, ti plants and long grasses, such as buffalo grass, will reduce their path of entry. A Sandwich Isle pest professional will design a customized integrated pest management program that fits the specific needs of your property, one that is sure to get rid of nuisance ants.

Can I do it myself?

Believe it or not, trying to get rid of ants yourself can actually make things worse! Most homeowners don't realize that over-the-counter sprays and repellents can cause a phenomenon called "budding" in which ants separate from their main nest and will actually start new colonies. Sandwich Isle professionals are trained to seek out foraging ant trails around your property in an effort to locate and eradicate the entire colony. Oftentimes, this may eliminate the need to use pesticides on the interior of your home.

Is the treatment safe?

Sandwich Isle pest professionals use the least amount of material possible while still resolving your pest problem. We use natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional pesticides are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no danger to people, pets or plants. All products are EPA registered. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken prior to service.

How soon can you get here?

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

What is the warranty?

If you are not satisfied with the results of Sandwich Isle's Pest Prevention Service, we will provide the necessary service at no additional charge. After 30 days, should your pest problem persist, we will continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we will refund half of your last regular service payment.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so a majority of our customers chose continuous service to ensure ants stay out of their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide pest control services for ants and other pests in Honolulu, as well as all of Oahu and parts of Big IslandContact us today for more information.

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