Hawaii is a great place to live, especially if you're a termite. In eighty degree weather, termites are the most active. They can eat the wood inside a home or business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, costing property owners thousands of dollars in difficult repairs. Some species of termites can total a home in under three years. If you have not thought about termite protection for you Oahu home, you may want to reconsider.
How can I know if I have termites in my Oahu home?
The sad truth is, you can't know for sure unless you have a professional inspection. Termites get inside the wood and can sometimes be impossible to detect without proper equipment and expertise. There are a few things you can do to check for termites.
Inspect your basement walls for the mud tubes subterranean termites use to travel in and out of a home.
Inspect your interior walls for mud tubes that give these termites access all the way up to the attic spaces.
Inspect attic crawl spaces for satellite colonies or the base colonies of Formosan subterranean termites.
Peel up mulch around your home and look for a bed of winged insects.
Look for termite damage on your fence, deck or other outside wooden structures.
Look for termite damage on interior walls, wallpaper, banisters or furniture.
Check window sills for the hard pepper-like droppings dry wood termites leave.
Look for holes in window and door frames.
Listen to your walls. You can sometimes hear termite activity.
Look for sagging floors, bulging walls and doors and windows that don't shut properly. Understand that this type of damage happens in the later stages of an infestation.
Winged swarmers are also a sign of infestation. Termite swarmers do not travel far. If you find them on your property, there is a good chance they came from a mature colony within your walls.
Can I live without termite protection in Oahu?
You can. But Hawaii is home to the most destructive termites in the United States. Is it worth the risk? Get your Oahu home protected by a company that uses the Sentricon® Colony Elimination System. It is always active and is 100% safe for your family, your pets and the environment. Your home isn't just a place you live. It is where memories are made. Don't let termites eat away at it when there is an effective way to protect it. Put your termite shield up. Get Sentricon®.