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 content. They are normally larger in size compared to the other termite species mentioned on this list. In Hawaii, dampwood termites don’t typically infest buildings because of the low moisture levels of wood within structures, however, it’s still just as important to take preventative measures in order to avoid attracting dampwood termites into a home or business.


If you suspect any termite activity in your home or business, contact us to schedule a free inspection! (808) 591-9997 or email



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