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You are at the post office mailing some letters and happen to glance over at the wall that contains numerous ‘most wanted’ posters. You see the usual suspects, those wanted for robbery, murder, and such; but then something unusual catches your eye. It’s not a person pictured on one of the posters, it’s a termite! That’s right; it’s not just common criminals that you have to protect your home and family from. You also need to protect them from the dangers and damages of termites - 2017’s most unwanted pest!

Termites aren’t considered to be a dangerous pest because they transmit diseases to people or because they bite or sting. In fact, they aren’t known to cause any real physical harm to people. But, what they can and do cause is significant, costly damages to homes, buildings, and even personal property; and here in Hawaii, we are ‘lucky’ enough to have both drywood and ground termites.

Drywood termites prefer to feed on sound wood that has not been damaged by water, and they don’t require any soil contact to survive. Drywood termites are typically found feeding, nesting, and damaging things like wooden furniture, structural beams, and other types of sound wood structures. Drywood termites typically do not enter buildings on their own. Instead, they are introduced in wooden furniture and building materials that are already infested!

Ground termites, or subterranean termites as they are typically referred to, differ from drywood termites in a few ways. First, as their name suggests, they usually live and travel underneath the ground through the soil. Subterranean termites prefer to feed on wood that has been previously damaged by water and is decaying. They also typically enter a home or other building through cracks and crevices that they find in the foundation or exterior walls while foraging for food. Subterranean termites like to feed on damp structural wood and support beams; over time, they may also start to feed on sound wood, leading to even more damages.

So what do you do as a property owner here in Hawaii if you discover that these dangerous pests have moved into your home? Well, we suggest immediately calling the professional termite control specialist here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions. While it may be tempting to try and take care of these pests on your own, let us assure you that it is not a good idea. DIY termite control products can be extremely dangerous to you, your family, your pets, and your plants if they are not mixed or placed properly. They are not something you should experiment with. Also, DIY termite control methods just take care of the surface of the problem. They may help to get rid of a satellite colony that you found outside in your garden and you may get rid of the mud tubes on the outside of your home, but all those things just cause all the other hundreds or thousands of termites that are inside your home or in the other satellite colonies located on your property to retreat deeper and cause more damage!

Just like the human criminals on the wanted posters, termites should only be captured by professionals. At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions our professionals understand termites, can get into their tiny little heads, and have the tools to safely and effectively find and eliminate them all, including their ringleader, the queen!

We will assess your termite infestation and have a wide variety of products and treatments available that our termite specialists are trained to use. Depending on your unique needs, we can get rid of termite using the Sentricon® System with Always Active™, Termidor, borate treatment, tent fumigations, or direct treatments. Whatever you need to get rid of damaging termites from your Hawaii property, we can provide! Give us a call today to discuss the details.

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