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At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we seek to empower our customers with the knowledge they need to protect themselves from all of the many pests that can invade their Hawaii homes. An important resource we use to do this is our blog. As questions come up or as new pest threats arise in our state, we use national data and research to offer an assessment of the topic and practical advice on how to address the problem posed, but this question is a tough one. Even for us. Not because beetles are especially difficult to eradicate, but because there are so many different kinds of beetles. Do you know that there are over 5 million species of beetles in the world? That's a lot of variety! And did you know that 25% of all life forms on our planet are beetles? So, we're sorry to say, there is no easy answer to this question. We really need to know what beetle we're talking about.

Identification is the first step in dealing with any pest problem, including beetles.

  • Are we talking about pantry beetles like the saw toothed grain beetle, the cigarette beetle, or flour beetle? You'll know because you'll find them in your grains, flour, cereals, and other organic foods that come from plants. These pests are usually carried into your home inside the foods you purchase. Always check paper and cardboard packages before you make a purchase.

  • Are you finding big black beetles in your yard and in your basement? They may be coconut rhinoceros beetles. These bad boys have started to become quite a plague here on the islands as they eat through the fronds of coconut trees and feed on a diet of fruit, nectar, sap, and decaying plant matter. Keeping them out of your home is a simple matter of sealing up cracks in your basement and filling holes in your exterior walls. When this or any other beetle tries to get in your home, make sure they find door sweeps, weather stripping, working screens, and zero entry points. Look closely around pipes, electrical wiring, and air conditioning units, and make sure gaps are sealed.

  • Are the beetles you're dealing with leaving exit holes in your walls or furniture? Those could be powder post beetles. These beetles are destructive and very difficult to get rid of on your own.

  • There are a wide variety of beetles you'll find in your soil, and these beetles can get into your basement or into the common areas of your house through cracks or an open door.

When you need to keep beetles from eating the trees in your yard, boring holes in the wood of your home, and crawling around in your pantry goods, it is necessary to get professional assistance. These pests can only be controlled with a proper and focused use of pesticide products or gases. Give us a call and we'll have one of our specialists evaluate your situation and determine what control methods and products are needed to arrest your pest problem.

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