As summer approaches, it’s time to prepare for serious termite activity. “Dry season is usually swarm season,” said Ronda Galimba, Oahu branch manager for Akamai Pest Solutions. “The weather can trigger the queen termite to tell the termites in her colony to swarm.”

When termites swarm, they mean business. Remember, every termite you see flying is a new potential king or queen, looking to start a new colony. Infestations can sometimes go unnoticed for years. Often, by the time a homeowner sees the first signs of damage, there’s already deep infestation.

“It doesn’t matter where you live,” said Galimba. “There are some things you can do to reduce termite activity, but there’s nothing you can do to completely stop your property in Hawaii from being exposed to swarming termites.”


Homeowners can take a few measures to protect themselves against termites. These include:

Turning off as many lights as possible during swarm season. Termites are extremely attracted to lights.

Fixing leaky faucets and sprinkler fittings that create moist soil conditions, and moving plants and shrubs away from house walls.

Making sure to have a subterranean treatment done at least every five years.

Regular inspection by a seasoned termite control firm like Akamai Pest Solutions, a company that uses state-of-the-art equipment to detect termite activity, can help locate hard-to-find colonies so they can be destroyed before causing dangerous structural damage.

“We’re very good at finding termites,” said Galimba. “We use a number of different devices that can see the heat signature they leave or sense the CO2 they let off. We also have radar devices that allow us to see the termites moving in the walls and wood.”

Thanks to an embrace of modern technology, and careful use of the safest, most effective natural pesticides available, Akamai Pest Solutions has been awarded First Place for pest control in the “Hawaii’s Best” People’s Choice Awards, chosen by readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, for the past three years in a row.


“The pesticide we use for drywood termites, XT2000, is non-toxic, organic and easily replenishable; it’s made from orange peels,” Galimba explained. “The only thing it’s not safe for is termites! There’s no packing up, no moving out; it’s safe for children, kupuna and pets.”

For subterranean ground termite treatment, Akamai uses Fipronil. “When you’re dealing with Formosan termites, you have to be aggressive. Like a lot of other products, it’s safe if used correctly,” shared Galimba.

Akamai’s tentless, toxic-free treatments have enabled some Island residents to get termite control in their homes for the first time in decades. The company has provided services to schools, nursing homes, animal shelters, and the homes of transplant and cancer patients all over the state.

“When we leave,” shared Galimba, “we leave you with dead termites … and the fresh smell of oranges. So be smar (Akamai), think green, treat orange, and call Team Akamai for your free estimate today!”

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