There is little doubt that, if you can read this article, you've seen a beetle in your lifetime. That is, of course, assuming you didn't grow up in a bunker or on a space station. There are more than 5 million different species of beetles in the world and there is definitely no shortage of beetles here in Maui. But, what you can't tell simply by looking at a beetle is how much damage these insects can do. Let's explore more about the damages that beetles can inflict.
In the United States, there are many ways beetles can do damage, and this damage is most often done during the larval stage of development. The larvae of beetles also called grubs or worms, can cause damage to lawns, garden vegetables, crops, commodities, wooden structures, and furniture.
Here in Hawaii, we have had all kinds of issues with beetles, but recently it has been the coffee berry borer that has captured the news headlines and that is because it is a new threat to us. Coffee berry borers, like many of the pest insects in Hawaii, are not indigenous to Hawaii. They were accidentally brought here and first discovered on South Kona in August of 2010 by Dr. Natalia J. Vandenberg. This discovery was met with quarantine measures by state officials, and Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions was called in to be part of this quarantine solution.
In Maui, the beetle damage we are most often called on to prevent is damage to wood. There are many species of beetle with larvae that feed on wood, and these wood chewers can cause quite a bit of damage to homes and businesses. The solution for beetles is most often fumigation with Vikane gas. In the case of wood destroyers, it is often necessary to tent an entire structure, but individual items can also be fumigated if the infestation is localized. This method can be as large or as small as needed.
When beetle larvae invade commodities, such as corn, coffee, and curry, it is necessary to use a more targeted approach that destroys the invading organisms without harming or contaminating the commodity itself. For this process, we use a Profume (sulfuryl fluoride), methyl bromide, and phosphine gas.
If you're dealing with beetles in Maui, let the experts here at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions guide you in which fumigant and process will work best for your needs. We are the only Hawaii-based pest control company in Pest Control Technologies top 100 list of U.S. pest companies. Our team has the knowledge and experience to protect your property from beetle damage. Give us a call today and start the conversation.