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Carpenter Ants

What is a carpenter ant?

Hawaiian carpenter ants are social insects that use their strong mandibles to hollow out galleries in wood for nesting purposes. One of the obvious signs of this species of ant is the piles of sawdust found near their nests, commonly referred to as frass. They are large ants, which are red and brown in color. The workers in a carpenter ant colony vary in size from 1/8 to 1/2 an inch in length and the queen can be as large as 5/8 inch in length.

Why do I have them?

Carpenter ants prefer to nest in decaying wood and then move into more sound wood. In most cases, a nest located within your home is a satellite colony which has been started by a larger colony located outdoors. The ants you see indoors are foraging for food. Carpenter ants will enter your home through eaves, window frames, door frames, utility lines and plumbing.

Are they dangerous?

Carpenter ants do not usually bite.  The concern with carpenter ants is their ability to cause structural damage to homes and businesses.

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Carpenter ants are particularly difficult to eradicate because they can have a network of many nests that are all interlinked. If one of the nests is missed in the treatment process then the ants can rebound and reform.  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 carpenter ants.

Can I do it myself?

Due to the complicated treatment process and the amount of time required to perform these treatments, carpenter ants are not a pest many homeowners have much success eradicating. Many do-it-yourself remedies to rid your property of carpenter ants simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective.  Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

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 whenever suitable. When conventional pesticides are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are EPA registered and 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 great deal of our customers choose to continue carpenter ant service to ensure ants stay out of their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide ant control services in Honolulu, Pearl City, Kahuku, and throughout Oahu and parts Big Island.