Termite extermination or prevention inside buildings
HOW TO SORT OUT A TERMITE INFESTATION
Termites are little terrors that wreak havoc on many buildings in the world. They can cause untold damage to buildings and structures. They can even destroy the foundations of a building! That is why you need to ensure that your foundations are 100% termite-free before any building takes place, and that this is done professionally by termite extermination specialists. Make sure you follow the soil poisoning process when in the construction phase of your home (read more HERE). If you’ve found a termite infestation in an existing building or structure, soil poisoning will be too late. Luckily our experts are equipped and experienced in dealing with these kinds of situations.
How We Exterminate Termites in a Building
Our expert termite control team drills into the foundation from the outside wall of the building with a specifically sized drill bit. We space the holes 1 – 1.5m apart and make them all around the building and into its foundation. Next, we pump anti-termite pesticides into the holes. The pesticides are safe and won’t cause health problems for humans or animals. Once the holes have been filled with pesticide, we seal them with cement. This process destroys termite colonies and all termite activity in the building immediately. You won’t need to worry about termites for up to six years! We provide a certified 6-year guarantee on the indoors area of the building. Should any maintenance be necessary in this period, we provide a free follow-up for the problem areas.
Termites in all their Glory and Terror
Although termites are a nuisance, these creatures date back thousands of years. This is probably because they are close cousins to cockroaches. They have outlasted many other species and are so difficult to get rid of, just like their cockroach cousins. Termites are known as silent demolishers because they can nibble their way through wallpaper, floors, and wood without us even being aware of their presence. There are over 2,000 different types of termites, and they have been around for millions of years. In fat, the gene they share with cockroaches dates back 300 million years!
Termites are rich in fatty and amino acids, proteins and iron which makes them (believe it or not) a very nutritious snack! Unfortunately, you can’t eat your way out of an infestation. Termites never, ever sleep and build their colonies day and night until they die. Even if you could get hold of most of them, their colony will flourish long before you can devour them all.
Ants are the biggest enemy of termites and sometimes they wage wars against each other over food and territories. Ants won’t, however, fix your problem. In fact, ants are just as pesky. Your pest controller can advise you on ant control methods.
10 Fantastic Termite Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
- Termites use pheromones to communicate with each other by leaving scent trails to guide workers using specialised glands found in their chests. Even more fascinating is that the pheromones are distinctly different from one colony to the next
- Termites are beneficial to our soil. They assist in the decomposition of plant fibres and assist in the recycling of decaying plant material thus forming new, fertile soil by aerating the ground.
- Termites play an important role in keeping vegetation and forests in good condition; their tunnelling actions improve the composition of soil.
- Termites feed off the fungi of decaying plant material, digesting the cellulose with the help of the microorganisms that thrive in their gut.
- Termites make brilliant fathers. The termite kings remain behind to assist in the parenting role. The termite king stays with the queen after mating and assist in the fertilisation of the eggs as and when required, sharing all the necessary duties alongside his queen, feeding the young with pre-digested food. Perhaps human fathers can take a few lessons from these paternal creatures!
- Termite workers and soldiers are blind, although the females that produce the young are not, regardless of what species they belong to, as eyes are not an essential part of the soldiers and workers function (they tasks are usually confined to dark spaces). The females need eyesight because they need to fly in search of mates, and they need to be mobile to find nests.
- Kings and queens are born with wings so that the young queen and king can fly away from the nest to search for a mate.
- The soldiers warn the colony of pending danger by banging their heads against walls causing vibrations that sound the alarm to the rest of the colony.
- Termites are gross! They feed on each other’s faeces although these actions form important gut bacteria that play a major role in the decomposition of plant matter. The process is referred to as trophallaxis (which really means that they eat each other’s poop) This, however, is a major part in the life cycle of a termite.
- Even though termites use the trophallaxis for their gut bacteria, they are a well-groomed bunch, and groom each other as staying clean and healthy is vital for their overall survival, keeping other nasty parasites at bay.
The largest termite colony ever recorded consisted of over three million termites! Call in the pest control experts the minute you decide to lay down your foundations to avoid an infestation of these hardy creatures before they can wreak havoc and turn your dream home into a nightmare situation. IF your structure exists already, don’t panic! We can still help exterminate these pests in a safe and efficient way.