Termites, also known as white ants, are one of the most disastrous pests ever to invade our properties; places, which include residential houses, office buildings, wooden furniture, fixtures, garden plants, cellulosic materials and the like.
The damages caused by termites can be catastrophic, both structurally and financially, as they can multiply at an accelerated rate within a short period of time; a termite queen can lay 20,000 to 30,000 eggs in a single day, resulting in the establishment of a colony numbering millions in no time. The typical lifespan of a soldier or a worker termite is 1 to 2 years; however, the termite queen can live for more than 10 years.
How Do You Identify a Termite Infestation?
- You knock on the wall, and it sounds hollow; this is an indication that termites have already consumed the inside of the wall.
- You find an ant-like insect which is brown in colour, and has a body length of between 1/8 inch to 1 inch (it may have wings or it may be wingless).
- You find mud trails along the walls and door frames; termites, particularly those of the subterranean species, live in the soil.
- You find termite frass (termite excretions, which are shaped like pellets) on floorboards and other wooden structures.
- Baiting system
- Chemical soil treatment