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How Can I Tell If My Home Has Termites?

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Of all the pests that we deal with on a regular basis, the termite is by far one of the most damaging to properties all over the Hawaiian Islands. Termites, dubbed the silent destroyer by pest professionals, have an uncanny knack for finding their way into homes and commercial properties where they quite literally begin eating it from the inside out. Termites feed on cellulose which is found in most building materials from the framework to the glue on the back of your wallpaper. It is also found in paper, plastic, and drywall making a good portion of your property fair game to a hungry termite colony.

It is a good idea to be on the lookout for signs that termites might have found their way inside, especially in the summer because termites have recently swarmed and found new nests from May to early June. These swarms of flying insects have been spotted all over the Islands; and if you have seen them near your property, you should be very aware that termites might have recently moved in. Check around your building near windows and vents for discarded wings. You might also notice tiny mud tubes on the foundation of your building, or even along the siding and air vents.

Most of us miss the early warning signs because they are very subtle and hard to spot with the untrained eye. Many people aren’t aware that they have a termite infestation until they see more obvious signs such as dark areas of the woodwork. Beams, cupboard doors, even wooden furniture might develop these areas that, upon closer inspection, turn out to be tiny tunnels that the termites have chewed their way through. You might also see bubbling paint on the wooden surfaces.

An unchecked termite infestation can also be mistaken for water damage. Ceilings might have what appears to be water stains and begin to sag like it is wet. The walls might have peeling wallpaper, and the floors as well might begin to weaken. Once it gets to this point, you can count on a big bill coming your way for repair work.

Termites in Hawaii are a year-round threat, and it is essential to protect your property from the lasting effects these pests bring with them. Giving Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions a call to set up an inspection is the first step to see just how bad an infestation has gotten and put an end to any further damage quickly and efficiently. Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions uses the most effective termite elimination system available. Our Sentricon® System with Always Active™ will not only eliminate the threat, but it will also help make sure that the termites stay away for good.

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