Termites are not native to Honolulu, Oahu, or any of the Hawaiian islands for that matter. They were introduced centuries ago by humans who traveled to this island paradise. Since then, termites have found our climate to be very hospitable and their populations have exploded. In Honolulu, termites are free to breed and damage wooden structures all year long. Termites are known as the “silent destroyers” because by the time you notice an infestation the damage is already done. These wood-destroying insects cost homeowners an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year. So it is very important to stay vigilant and look for signs of termite damage. 

Types of Termites in Honolulu 

A termite infestation can quickly lead to a lot of expensive repairs. At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we provide effective termite programs to help eliminate current termite problems and prevent future colonies from moving in. Of the eight species of termites that call Oahu home, there are two species of termites that are known to cause the most damage to wooden structures.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live most of their lives underground or in dead trees. They require an abundance of moisture to survive which limits where they can live. However, these intelligent insects can gain entry to your home and other structures if you aren’t careful. 

How Do Subterranean Termites Enter The Home?

In order to move around and forage for food, subterranean termites build tubes out of mud to help keep them moist. These termites are more noticeable as you can spot the mud tubes creeping their way up the sides of buildings. From there, they can easily find tiny cracks and crevices in your home and make their way into your walls and crawl spaces where they can go unnoticed for years. 

How To Prevent Subterranean Termites

The best way to prevent an invasion of subterranean termites is to make your home unattractive to them. This can be done by making sure you have no leaks or moisture in your attic or basement. Keep firewood at least 30 feet away from your home to make it more difficult for termites to gain entry. 

Drywood Termites

When we think of termites, usually the first image we have is of drywood termites. Drywood termites are one of the most common types of termites in the United States. These termites have an insatiable appetite for anything wood. That includes:

  • Wooden beams
  • Furniture
  • Harwoods
  • Softwoods
  • Decks and porches

How To Prevent Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are very destructive insects that are not limited by moisture like their subterranean cousins. These insects can invade your home in a myriad of ways, making it tough to prevent them. The best way to help prevent termites from damaging your home is by working with the experts at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, but there are some steps you can take to lessen your chances of a termite infestation. 

  • Seal cracks in foundations
  • Caulk around windows and doors
  • Make sure the weather stripping is in good shape
  • Cover cracks in the roofline and exterior walls
  • Keep firewood at least 30 feet away from your foundation. 

Professional Termite Treatment 

At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we have years of experience and training in termite control. The program begins with a termite inspection that checks for problem areas where termites may be living. No matter what type of termite infestation you are dealing with, we have a program that will fit your needs. 

Drywood Defend System™

Our patented liquid termite barrier helps keep termites away and prevents future infestations. This program also includes annual follow-up monitoring and treatments.

Preventative Termite Bait System

Termite bait stations are placed around the home designed to kill the entire colony.

Liquid Termite Treatment

Our liquid termite treatment is an exterior treatment for creating a liquid barrier to keep subterranean termites from getting too close to your home. 

Pest Control in Honolulu

At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we are not only experts in termite control, but we also offer pest control for all kinds of pests in Honolulu. Whether you have an infestation in your home or commercial property, we have the tools and experience to treat it. All of our programs begin with a thorough inspection of your property to determine which program would be the best for your situation. 

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