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If you know anything about termites, you may have cause for concern. Termite colonies can have thousands of insects living in them--thousands of insects that have mouthparts that chew through solid wood. That is some scary stuff. It may be enough to give you nightmares. But, we have good news for you. Termites are no threat to you personally. Here are some reasons why.

  • Termites live entirely inside the wood that they are infesting. So, if you don't get into where they are living and feeding, you won't be exposed to them. It is only during home renovations that these insects are ever seen. You don't have to worry about them crawling out of the walls at night and nibbling on you like those bed bugs do.

  • Termites eat wood. Since you are not made of wood, you really hold no appeal for termites. Even if these insects were the type to venture out into the air, which they are not, they would not find you appealing at all.

  • Of all termite castes, only soldier termites have the inclination to bite when they feel threatened. It is their job to protect their colony from predators. But, the bite from a termite soldier is more of a pinch than a bite. And it isn't likely to even leave a mark.

  • Soldier termites aren't going to be threatened by you unless you handle them, and even then, they are not likely to bite.

So, you don't have to worry about termites biting you. These are not the creatures of nightmares. But you should definitely worry about them biting your home. While these little insects aren't inclined to nibble on you, they are highly inclined to nibble on the wood of your home. This can lead to significant damage and widespread structural issues that can be a real "nightmare" to fix.

If you live in Hawaii, you have even more reason to fear termites. We have all of the most destructive termites found in the entire United States, including the Formosan subterranean termite.

At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we offer real solutions for Hawaii property owners. Our on-staff entomologists are experts in their field and respected leaders in the national pest industry. They have worked to establish a wide range of solutions that range from focused treatment of infested furniture to treatment of large industrial infestations. We also offer green solutions that are so safe they can be performed inside a home, without displacing the family.

Termites may not bite, but having them can be another kind of nightmare. Don't let these wood-destroying organisms take a bite out of your equity. Get advanced, state-of-the-art termite protection from Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions and make sure they're gone.

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