There are several very different species of beetle in Hawaii and we can help you identify them and treat accordingly. Some varieties of beetles will inundate homes on Oahu after a period of wet weather. Pests like boxelder beetles can do this and sting as well. Others, like kissing beetles just show up as annoying pests that are attracted to the light in your home and are small enough to get around your window coverings.
Sometimes these house-inundating phenomena can be caused by very small swarming (flying) ants. We’ve seen this occur at certain times of the year in Kailua and other wet areas of the island like Mililani and Kaneohe. The pests almost look like gnats and show up usually early in the morning in a bathroom when it is otherwise dark outside. Although a thorough outdoor treatment can sometimes help, generally the source is not on your property and will make their way through your window. Fortunately, we find that they are usually coming through one window in general, and using masking tape to seal the edges can reveal which window is the culprit.
Other beetles that afflict homeowners on Oahu are powder post beetles. These beetles are very hard to control and are generally found in bamboo and Asian sourced woods and furniture. You can find more information about these insidious pests here. There are several other kinds of wood destroying beetles. However, they are generally not found in Hawaii. It is possible to have these already found in wood imported from outside Hawaii since some of them can incubate inside the wood for several years (much like powder post beetles and termites!)
Carpet beetles are another pests found on Oahu. Although rare, these pests attack natural fibers and must be completely eliminated to ensure the pest will not come back.
Although most beetles are not structural pests per se, we’re happy to help talk you through some of the common scenarios of these pests and make sure that if its something we can treat, we will. Although these beetles are not covered under our regular pest control maintenance plans. Call us today at 808-236-2847 and we are happy to consult you on possible treatment plans