Monster Tiki Recommends to Get An Insecticide Application after every Rethatch and at least 3x per year, or when you notice dust coming down your tiki hut roof, to avoid any damage, please read and get your insecticide application as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of each individual owner to get an insecticide application as per our recommendation.

Are you having issues with caterpillars on your tiki hut? Rather than avoiding this issue, our team at Monster Tiki has partnered up with local Pest Control Services to offer a complete solution to the bugs on tiki huts issue. Contact us to help you get rid of any bugs that may be damaging your roof by filling out the form below:

Protect Your Investment by adding an insecticide application to your thatch roof, we at Monster Tiki are leading the fight against these critters by providing the resources necessary to prevent the bugs or caterpillars from taking over your roof.

Having seen these bugs on many tiki huts, we decided to provide a solution, by talking to the pest control professionals and teaming up with a reliable and professional team to provide a fair and professional service. Together we form a MONSTER team. WE HAVE A SOLUTION.

The Professionals will spray the inside and outside of the tiki hut to ensure they get rid of the bugs and/or caterpillars. Once this is done, usually it does not need to be sprayed for a minimum of 4-6 months. Talk to our Professional Pest Control Services for Tiki Huts Bugs, Tiki Hut Caterpillars, Tiki Hut Maintenance & Prevention Services & more! 


If you live in Florida then your tiki huts are susceptible to bugs, whether it is ants, spiders or any other type of bugs. Some bugs even eat the palms themselves. We have had countless folks who have contacted us for advice over the years in which the owners were rejected help by their original builder or thatchers.  We are a highly professional tiki hut building team in Florida that has been in business for many years, not because we focus on quantity projects but because we have a great reputation we have accumulated over the course of many years. Keep in mind that we are tiki hut builders, we are not pest control professionals. Means we can not spray pesticides or insecticides for commercial purposes.

Getting Rid of Bugs on Your Tiki Hut

Although any professional will tell you that there may be an infinite type of pests that can pose a danger to your tiki hut, there is one, in particular, that is most common. When thinking of purchasing a tiki hut, look for a reputable tiki hut builder who will not disappear once your tiki hut is standing.  Know that once you have a tiki hut, it’s your responsibility to look after the maintenance. Consider your very own tiki hut to be an extension of your home, and thus must be taken care of. A type of bug that is a nuisance to tiki hut owners is the powder post beetle.


powder post beetle is a wood-destroying pest that as the name suggests can turn most wood into powder. They can be a danger to any type of wood in houses, pergolas, tiki huts or any other building that is made of wood. This type of beetle can in effect damage the structural and thatch of the tiki huts or chickee huts.


Tiki Hut Caterpillar: Simplicia cornicalis
Stephen H. Brown, Lee County Horticulture Agent
Lyle Buss, UF Insect ID Lab, Gainesville

In 2006, the moth Simplicia cornicalis (Fabricius) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) was found in Central
Florida. It was first reported in Lee County in 2014. The species is known throughout Southeast
and East Asia, from India to Southern Japan, to Australia and New Guinea, as well as from Hawaii and the South Pacific Islands. Its eventual spread throughout Florida, Mexico and Central America is possible. The larvae feed mostly on dried plant leaves, plant debris and particularly palm thatch. Due to its association with palm thatch roofs, we have been calling it the Tiki hut caterpillar.


Palm debris and thatch appear to be the favorite food of Tiki hut caterpillars. Here is what is
• The larvae have not been found on dead fronds still attached to living cabbage palms.
• Infestations apparently occur on fronds cut and thatched within the last six months.
• The larvae begin feeding as soon as two to three weeks after thatching.
• During the day, the larvae conceal themselves among the thatch and must be sought after to
be found.
• After dark, the larvae emerge from among the thatch and feed on the surface of roofs.
• Feeding holes and frass from the caterpillars are clearly visible on the roof.
• The larvae are food for frogs, lizards, and birds.