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Subterranean termites

Termite Prevention

We own a house in Honolulu, Hawaii.  It was treated with a liquid treatment 11 years ago.  Two years ago, termites were found in a deck (not the ground termites though) so the house was tented.  Terminix doesn't recommend the bait system (ineffective according to salesperson) and instead encouraged liquid treatment and/or "termite inspection and protection plan" (the latter includes NO treatment, but they will inspect and fix house if necessary).  We would like to keep the cost and chemicals to a minimum.  What do you recommend?

Subterranean termites can be baited, but, to my knowledge above ground specie are not currently treated by baiting as an effective protocol.

There are more recent methods for treating other than subterranean.  The use of heat, freezing, carbon dioxide, silica gels, and borates have all found a place in termite remediation.

I suggest that you contact the University of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Pest Control Association for in depth guidance.  The association can be contacted at 677 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 815, Honolulu, HI 96813; ph. 808-533-2739.

If you need further assistance, please contact me again.

Best wishes,

George Manning

Consulting Entomologist

Chicago Pest Control

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