Meet the new ‘magical fruit’
Termites in Hawaii, unfortunately, is a problem all residents have to face. They can do damage to any wood structure, especially the ground termites.
For years, tent fumigation was the only method of treating drywood termites, but now there is a safer, less intrusive method of treatment. The orange fruit itself is healthy to eat, but the rind can be pressed into orange oil, which becomes 95 percent pure.
Swarming termites around your home or business does not always mean that there are active termites in the structure, but if you see a great number, then an inspection is needed. Oahu’s branch of Akamai Pest Solutions is managed by husband-and-wife team Tony and Ronda Galimba, who both are also inspectors for the company. Bringing decades of experience to her work, Ronda is a certified building inspector, while Tony has been a primary innovator in Hawaii’s XT2000 Orange Oil industry for 14 years.
The company has been using its XT2000 Orange Oil treatment for eight years to get rid of drywood termites, without having to go through the hassle of tent fumigation and its toxic chemicals. With Akamai’s process, there are no move outs; no bagging food; no hotel stays and eating out; no boarding pets; and no roof, gutter or plant damage.
Customers can be home while the company provides treatment. The XT2000 Orange Oil, when injected into infested wood, will wick through the wood, killing the adult termites as well as the termite eggs. Fumigation does not do this. It’s a much safer method of treating drywood termites.
Akamai Pest Solutions also treats for the destructive Formosan ground termite. The company recommends that if you have not treated the ground within the last five years, that you retreat the perimeter of the structure as a preventative measure.
Oftentimes, the company gets calls from customers that already have termites in their home or business, so they not only have to treat the termites, but in many cases have to pay to repair severe termite damage. Those who live in Hawaii have come to expect swarming termites every spring and summer.
Look for termite droppings or for mud tubes coming up the slab, or post and pier from the ground, which is the ground termites’ way of entry. Ground termites need moisture, so keep the direct area around your home or business as dry as possible. Remember to keep the lights to a minimum at dusk and early evening, as termites are attracted to light.
Call Akamai Pest Solutions if you suspect you have a termite problem, and the company can send one of its licensed professionals to check your home or business. The company thanks all those who have chosen the safer method of treating for drywood termites, and those who stay with the company for their ground termite treatments as well.
AKAMAI PEST SOLUTIONS
contact // 754-3393
web // www.akamaipestsolutions.com