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What are beetles?

Beetles make up the largest category of insects in the world, accounting for approximately 25% of all life forms on earth. In fact, there are more than 5 million different species of beetles.

Beetles are easily identified by their hard outer shell, which covers their wings. Their wings are exposed only during flight.  A beetle's body consists of three sections: a head, a thorax and an abdomen.

Why do I have them?

Several types of beetle’s larvae feed on wood. This can cause a lot of damage to wood structures primarily because while the wood is being eaten, the beetles remain unseen. When you see holes in either structural wood or in furniture, it is because the larvae have already left and you are seeing the exit holes. This could be an indication of a nearby infestation. Generally, beetles are attracted to the same type of wood from which they were born.

This is true of powder post beetles, old house borer beetles, bark beetles, citrus long-horned beetles, Asian beetles and other species. Powder post beetles, amongst others, grow from eggs that are laid in the wood. Another species of beetle, the citrus long-horned beetle, was introduced into the United States as recently as 1999 and is currently without any natural enemies. Although not known as yet, the damage they will create is expected to be extensive.

Other beetle species feed on garden plants, such as the Colorado potato beetle, the boll weevil, the rose chafer, the western corn rootworm and many more. Each of these beetles can cause millions of dollars in damage to crops of many different kinds. The presence of just a few beetles usually indicates that more exist, so it is best to contact Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions at the first sighting.

Are they dangerous?

Beetles are not generally dangerous, but they may pinch or release a noxious odor if threatened.

How do I get rid of beetles?

Treating for beetles is difficult and requires proper knowledge of the type of beetle species you are trying to eliminate. Wood eating beetles, for instance, cannot be effectively treated using sprays because they are located deep within wood. If you think you may have a beetle infestation, a Sandwich Isle pest professional will design a customized integrated pest management program that fits the specific needs of your property, one that is sure to get rid of beetles.

Can I do it myself?

Due to the complicated treatment process and the amount of time required to perform these treatments, beetles are not a pest many homeowners have much success eradicating. Many do-it-yourself remedies to rid your property of beetles simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective.  Remember – if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

Sandwich Isle pest professionals use the least amount of material as possible while still resolving your pest problem. We use natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional pesticides are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are EPA registered. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken prior to service.

How soon can you get here?

Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions is committed helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

What is the warranty?

If you are not satisfied with the results of Sandwich Isle's Pest Prevention Service, we will provide the necessary service at no additional charge.  After 30 days, should your pest problem persist, we will continue to provide service at no additional charge until you are satisfied, or we will refund half of your last regular service payment.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose continuous service to ensure beetles stay out of their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide beetle control and other pest control services in Honolulu, Pearl City, Manoa, throughout Oahu, and parts of Big Island.