Termites are not endemic to Hawaii, however, they have easily become established in our warm year round climate. Termites are an incredibly invasive and damaging species, causing well-over $100’s of millions in damage every year.
Termites need to feed on cellulose in wood and are designed to consume wood with astonishing efficiency. Termites will consume wood floors, structural beams, foundations, books and furniture.
Termites are divided into three main castes; the largest caste is the worker termite, which pulls the work load of the nest and even feeds the soldier termite. The soldier termite is tasked with colony security and has an a set of mandibles so large it cannot feed itself. The reproductive caste, the alates or swarmer termites, create new termite colonies by flying out, mating and establish new colonies.