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  • Writer's pictureAbsolute Pest Control Hawaii PCO#1409

"How Termites and You Both Thrive in the Tropics"

Tropical Hut on the beach with termites
Termites And You Thrive In Tropical Climates

Termites, which are related to cockroaches, have been in existence for 130 million years and are expected to outlast humans. The number of invasive termite species that destroy homes infrastructure is on the rise. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, termites impact 600,000 homes and cause $5 billion in damage annually.

Termites can be a serious problem for homeowners, causing extensive damage to the structure of homes. According to Justin Duny, a licensed and certified termite specialist, "Termite infestations can be so severe that it's surprising the homes still stand up. If you're lucky enough to have never dealt with termites, consider yourself lucky."

Termites can cause significant damage to homes, with an estimated cost of $5 billion to $10 billion per year. To protect investment, it's important take steps to prevent termite infestations. In fact, some states require termite protection on new homes as part of their building codes. For example, all homes in Hawaii are required to have some form of termite protection.

Termites, also known as "white ants," are found in tropical and subtropical climates, but can survive in various conditions. In North America, there are 50 termite species, and they are present in every state except Alaska. The FHA requires termite inspections or preventative treatments to secure a home loan in 40 states, but termites cause the most destruction in the Southeast, from North Carolina to Southern California. Hawaii's warm tropical climate is an environment where termites and both people can thrive. Protect your home.

Formosan termites have been present in Hawaii since the mid-1800s, and their impact on the state's residents and business owners is. Experts estimate that $100 million is spent annually to control and repair damage caused by these termites. Formosan termite is active across most of Oahu, including Honolulu, and Kauai.

While Termites may be known as the ultimate home wreckers, they are also fascinating social creatures with a rigid caste system ruled by pheromone-yielding queens. Workers, which make up the majority of the colony, are responsible for building nests, finding food, and caring for the young. Soldiers defend the colony from invaders, while winged reproductives swarm in warm weather to mate and establish new colonies. Queens can lay thousands of eggs every day, ensuring the survival of the colony.

If you're finding dealing with termites in your home or place of business give us a call for a free estimate and see how we can help you today. Or schedule yourself online with our easy to use online scheduler.

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