How Termites Invade our Homes
In order to avoid facing a nasty infestation of termites into your homes, it is important to learn how termites enter your home in the first place and the reason behind it. If you suspect that your house has been invaded by termites, it is important to call your pest control expert to inspect the situation so that they can give you advice on how to control the situation immediately.
Termites survive in colonies and live on food (cellulose such as wood), moisture and warmth. Any wood building materials in the house, basement or attic, can provide sustenance to these wood-destroying insects. If your house is prone to undergoing renovations, certain areas near the foundation may cause puddles to form and paired with the moisture created by air conditioning units, it makes it the perfect environment for termite colonies.
TERMITE ENTRY POINTS
a. Wood-to-ground contact
Subterranean termites typically invade homes at ground level or below. Several places to watch out for are door frames, porch steps, or deck posts. These termites may also enter via the foundation and cracks in the brick mortar, and travel through the holes in concrete blocks and foundation walls.
b. A crevice in the wood of your home
Dry wood termites usually find an opening through a crevice in the wood of your home before digging out a nest to start living inside. These colonies are able to expand quickly and are capable of causing serious wood damage in your home.
HOW DO TERMITES REPRODUCE?
When termites from the reproductive class turn mature, they develop wings and functioning eyes to leave the colony in search of mates. Once they mate, their wings will fall off and they will become the kings and queens of the new colonies.
WHERE SHOULD YOU LOOK OUT FOR TERMITES?
As termites drop their wings after mating, these wings are often the only signs of a possible termite infestation. Keep a lookout for window sills, near the openings of the house or the ground near windows or doors for these fallen wings. They appear similar to fish scales and are usually brown or brownish-yellow in colour.
Other things you may look out for are termite waste, cracks on the walls, weak spots on the floor or dirt tubes near the foundation of your house or ground outside the house.
If you spot anything suspicious, contact a professional exterminator immediately to perform a termite inspection. The earlier an infestation has been spotted, the more likely the termite treatment will be to work.
However, you shouldn’t have to wait until a termite infestation occurs to call an exterminator. Pestbusters has a comprehensive termite management process which ensures that your homes are well-protected against any potential infestation.
Pre-construction – Termite-proofing is a way to prevent a termite outbreak through the use of premium chemicals (Fipronil, Imidacloprid or Thiamethoxam). These chemicals are sprayed on the construction site where a building is being constructed where they will be absorbed by the soil and picked up by the termites. The contaminated termites will carry these harmful chemicals with them back to their colonies and effectively eliminate the entire colony. Additionally, a Trithor (Termite Protection System) will create a physical barrier beneath the building to repel and kill termites at all entry points with environmentally-friendly Deltamethrin solution, offering unparalleled protection against termites.
Eradication methods – The Dusting process can be implemented by placing termiticidal powder onto termites tracks. The infected termites will take the toxic substance back to the colony and eventually eradicate them all. Another method makes use of Foaming chemicals which are applied in areas suspected of having termites. Similarly, it is designed to inflict damage on the larger colony when the termites return there.
Post-construction – Slab injection method can be used to inject chemicals into the soil and create longer-term protection of your property. Contact Pestbusters to schedule a termite inspection today and ensure that your homes are kept termite-free and safe to live in for a very long time.