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Termites!  No matter who you are or where you live, this single word can cause fear and panic in your heart and mind – rightfully so.  Termites cause over $5 billion in damages annually here in the United States, most of which is not covered under insurance policies.  These silent destroyers often go unnoticed for months or years, and are typically only discovered after the damage they have caused has become severe.

So what should you know about these creatures?  Well, the first thing you should know is that Hawaii has two basic species of termites to be concerned about.  They are the subterranean termite and the drywood termite.  These creatures are both destructive, but they go about it in a slightly different way:

Subterranean Termites:

  • Live in the soil in huge colonies.
  • Form tunnels to enter buildings to ‘eat’ wood.
  • Prefer moist, water damaged wood.
  • Swarm year-round.
  • Infestation usually not seen until the damage is severe.
  • Cannot eradicate on your own.

Drywood Termites:

  • Live inside undecayed wood with low moisture content.
  • Do not require contact with soil to live.
  • Prefer dry sound wood.
  • Swarm year-round.
  • Can only be seen if you break open the wood they are hidden inside.
  • Infestation usually not seen until the damage is severe.
  • Cannot eradicate on your own.

The second thing you should know about these destructive pests is to always be on the lookout for these subtle signs of a termite infestation because the earlier they are detected the less severe the damages and cost incurred.  These subtle signs include:

  • Piles of discarded wings around windows, tubs, and sinks.
  • ‘Mud tubes’ around your foundation.  These tube-like dirt structures act as superhighways for termites as they travel in search of food.
  • Blistering or crusted appearance on the structural beams in your basement.
  • Hollow sound from wooden beams and sills when tapped upon.
  • Small piles of ‘sawdust’ around small holes in beams.

Lastly, follow the following tips to prevent a termite infestation:

  • Keep mulch and plants at least 15’’ from your foundation.
  • Store wood at least 20 feet from your home.
  • Trim back tree and shrub branches that touch your house.
  • Prevent water accumulations by using gutters and downspouts.
  • Fix any leaking pipes or AC units immediately.
  • Ventilate attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
  • Inspect your foundation on a regular basis for signs of termites.
  • Talk to a pest control specialist about deterrent procedures that can be applied during construction.
  • Consult a pest control specialist if you notice any signs of termite activity.

If you are having issues with termites in your home or business, give the experts at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions a call.  Our termite specialists are trained in the latest procedures and products to safely and effectively eliminate termites from your home or business, and can monitor your property to ensure that termites don’t return.  With over 40 years of pest control experience here in Hawaii, Sandwich Isle Pest is the name you can trust with your pest issues. Ask us about our Premier Pest Complete package to experience the most comprehensive protection available for your home. When you are faced with the challenge of a termite infestation, contact SIPS.  You will be glad you did.

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