When is it time to deal with your pest control problems? If you’re like most people in Hawaii, being honest about your pest control needs or problems isn’t a priority until it’s too late. Pest control surveys show that homeowners will not schedule a pest inspection until a home is currently experiencing an infestation. This can mean lost time and money, as a pest infestation will not only require tent fumigation or ground termite treatment, but can also mean repairing any structural damage. “Every homeowner should schedule a pest inspection at the start of the year,” said David Melton, general manager of Kama’aina Termite and Pest Control. “You may not need any pest control services, but if you do, it can save you thousands simply by being proactive and knowing what to look for.”


Here are three of the most common types of pest infestations in Hawaii:

1. Termites


There’s a reason any mention of drywood and ground termites can send shudders up a homeowner’s spine. An infestation can be hard to detect, and they can cause immense structural damage if left untreated. It’s important to take notice of termite droppings, groups of winged insects or discarded wings. These are probably termite swarmers looking to establish new colonies. Make sure sprinklers and hose bibs are not leaking, as termites are drawn to water sources.

2. Cockroaches

Everyone hates cockroaches inside their homes, but not all cockroaches are created equal. While the larger American cockroach causes homeowners to gasp in disgust, it’s the smaller cousin, the German cockroach, that’s the disease carrier. Cockroaches are nocturnal, and prefer dark, wet spaces to live and breed. Keep an eye out for cockroach feces and oval-shaped egg cases for evidence of an infestation.


3. Ants

Hawaii has a variety of ant species that can range from general nuisances to destructive pests. Pests such as the carpenter ant can cause extreme damage to a home’s structure, and can be difficult to eradicate. Ants use entry points such as attic vents, foundation cracks, pipes and wires; it’s important to make sure all entry points are sealed. Signs of a carpenter ant infestation include wood shavings, damaged wood and rustling noises inside walls. Should you detect carpenter ants in your home, contact a pest control expert immediately.


The Kama’aina family of businesses has been helping Hawaii property owners for over a decade. To learn more about preventing pest damage to your property, visit www.kamaaina.com or call (808) 591-9997.

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