Termite Control Service
Termite Control Service
Termites belong to order ‘Isoptera’ meaning ‘Equal Wings’. There are six families, including dry-wood and damp-wood termites, and around 2300 species are known. Subterranean termites make coloniesin soil while dry-wood or damp-wood termite make colonies in wood. Around 230 species of termites can be found in india.
Termite are social insects with a distinctive colony structure. A typical colony consistis of Reproductive (King and Queen), Workers and soldier. The main function of the queen (who can grow upto 15cm!0 is to lay eggs and control all activities in the colony. Worker (upto 3mm) carry out all work such as foraging, collecting food, feeding other members, grooming the queen, nursing young ones, etc. Soldiers (up to 5mm) protect the colony from predators and have large jaws(mandibles), while some species even have a special snout- shaped head to squirt irritating chemicals on attacker! once a colony has developed, winged adults (Alates)emerge and fly out (swarming)to mate and start new colonies.
Termites are silent destroyers. In fact, their name is derived from the Greek word ‘termes’ meaning ‘the end’. They play a vital role in nature as recyclers; their main food is cellulose which is abundant in wood and paper. When they come onto contact with human habitation and property, they can cause severe damage. Sub-terranean termites are responsible for most of this damage which runs into crores of rupees.
Once a food source is detected, subterranean termite workers construct mud tubes to it and from then on, the march in relentless. They stop at nothing and a gap of just 0.5mm is sufficient for them to gain entry. Once inside the building they can cause severe damage non-cellulose materials such as cable covering, neoprene, poly-vinyl chloride(PVC), etc.
Some sure signs of subterranean termite infestation are swarming or discarded wings, muds tubes on wall or wood (yellowish powder or frass falling from small holes is not a sign of termite infestation-this is typical of a powder post Beetle infestation ). However, the absence of any visible sings does not necessarily means that there is no infestation. Damage is mostly internal- the inner surface is hollowed out while the outer surface remains intact.
This is why termite infestation are noticed until it is too late. Therefore, the longer you delay, the more extensive and expensive the damage will be. When it comes to termites, Prevention is always better than cure. Termite control service is designed to protect your homes and property from termite attack it is always advisable to get treatment done at the construction stage itself; however, treatment can also carried out in already construction building.
Some Conditions that favour termite infestation
- Moist, warm soil containing food material such as decayed wood, paper, etc.
- Wooden members, root stumps, stakes etc directly in contact with soil under and around the building.
- Inadequate and improper drainage, ventilation and lighting.
- Additional soil filling for terrace, gardens, & flower beds etc.