Identifying Termite Species in Hawaii - Kama'aina Termite & Pest Control
TERMITES 101: Identifying Termite Species in Hawaii As with any pest, proper identification is the key to finding the correct method for control and elimination. To the average homeowner or renter, termites might seem like they are all the same, but there are actually over 2,000+ known species in the world. In Hawaii, we have three specific types of termites that are active on the islands: Formosan Subterranean Termites Subterranean termites live in underground colonies that thrive in warm climates, they’re found in every state except Alaska. This species constructs distinctive ‘mud tubes’ in order to gain access to food and water sources while also protecting themselves from the open air. Drywood Termites Unlike Formosan subterranean termites, drywood termites don’t require direct contact with the soil in order to survive. They typically establish their colony in dry wood structures, such as walls, insulation, or roofing and can also infest wood outside and around homes. While they don’t require as much moisture as other species, drywood termites can also be found in wood near water sources such as bathrooms, water heaters, and leaky pipes. Dampwood Termites Opposite to drywood termites, dampwood termites are attracted to wood with high water/moisture....
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