Termites are known as "silent destroyers" because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. There are about 2,000 known termite species in the world.
Termites can enter the home through many access points, such as expansion joints, foundation cracks, hollow bricks or concrete blocks, spaces where floors and walls meet, and even the smallest openings around plumbing and electrical connections.
Termites are often referred to as “white ants” as they resemble an ant. Unlike ants, termites cause extensive structural damage to properties if they are not controlled by qualified pest control specialists.
They are white, as the name “white ant” implies, with soft bodies and hard powerful jaws which allow them to chew through all wooden materials.
In Gauteng, our climate promotes termite infestation, thus, we have two prevalent termite species namely subterranean and harvester termites.
Harvester termites attack lawns leaving behind round patches of stripped grass whereas subterranean termites attack all wood within structures.
Why is Termite Control Required
Termites feed on any wood product which contains cellulose including cupboards, skirting’s, doors, frames, lawns and even your roof rafters. When feeding, termites eat from the inside out, leaving only a thin layer of timber or paint with NO structural integrity.
Swift termite control is extremely important as insurance companies usually do not cover the damage caused.
How to Control Termites
This is where we as the Pest Control Experts come in! Our pest control services extend to providing free quotations with recommendations and a termite control plan. Where a subterranean termite infestation is prevalent we would need to treat the nests.
This is done by drilling through your foundations under the floor and injecting a termiticide to prevent future infestations. If harvester termites are found on your lawn, we use high pressure pumps to inject the nests with termiticide.
There are two types of Soil Poisoning: Repellent – Repellent termiticides work by creating a treated zone around a house that is toxic to termites. Termites avoid the soil treated with repellent termiticides. This type of soil poisoning is most commonly used in pre-construction.