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Ground Termites

What are ground termites?

Subterranean termites are the most common and destructive termite in the U.S. Interestingly, they are found in every state except Alaska.

Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies consisting of many individuals. The colonies are composed of workers, soldiers and reproductives. The workers, which are about 1/8 inch long, have no wings, are white to cream colored and very numerous. Soldiers defend the colony against insects, like ants, that can attack the colony. Soldiers are wingless and white in color with large brown heads and mandibles (jaws). King and queen termites perform the reproductive functions of the colony. They are dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings about twice the length of their body. These insects make their nest primarily in the soil or wood beneath the soil. They tunnel through the ground, searching for trees, brush and other decaying wood, which is their preferred food source, found in nature. If this primary source is reduced or absent, termites look to other food sources, like your home.  In Hawaii, swarms can occur year round.

Why do I have them?

Subterranean or ground termites are actually a beneficial insect in nature because they break down dead, decaying or rotting wood, but if that food supply is scarce, they may move into our homes or businesses and consume not only wood, but other items containing cellulose, such as paper, fiber board and some fabrics.  If the conditions are right, a termite colony can exist.  Leading indicators of termite activity include:

  • Shed wings on window sills or along walls

  • Mud tubes often found in damp basement corners, along foundations or wood support beams

  • Small holes in wood or drywall surfaces

  • Spongy appearing floors or ceilings

Are they dangerous?

Although not a direct threat to humans, they do not bite, sting or carry disease, they are capable of causing serious and potentially dangerous structural damage to homes and offices throughout Hawaii.  Most of this damage is not covered by traditional homeowner insurance policies, leaving property owners to pay potentially hefty repair bills.

How do I get rid of ground termites?

Getting rid of ground termites is not an easy task. Colonies can be up to 300 feet away, with a complex system of mud tunnels leading from the nest, making it difficult to locate. Termites use these tunnels for travel and shelter.  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 ground termites.

Can I do it myself?

Due to the difficulty of locating, the complexity of treatment and the time required, ground termites are generally not a pest many people have success in eradicating. You need to beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online or in hardware stores as many are not effective.  Pesticides can be harmful to people, pets and plants if they are misused or mixed improperly.

Is the treatment safe?

Sandwich Isle pest professionals try to 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 and our professionals will inform you of any safety measures that need to be taken prior to our 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 a majority of our customers choose continuous service to ensure ground termites stay out of their home or business.

Where does Sandwich Isle service?

We provide service in Honolulu, Pearl City, Mokapu, all of Oahu and parts of Big Island.

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