Termites

Many termite infestations go undetected for years by which time the termite damage can be widespread and severe. It is important to act swiftly if you are concerned that you may have a problem with termites. You can trust Rentokil’s expert termite control treatment methods and protection plans to ensure that you have the best defense in place against termites.

Call us on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us to arrange a free termite inspection by a Rentokil pest control expert.

The dangers of Termite Damage 

Termite Damage As termites are a species of wood-boring insects, they attack the wood in your property, which weakens the structure of your home or building. Termite damage can, in severe cases - and when left untreated over a long period of time - cause your house or building to become structurally unstable. Associated repair and maintenance can be extremely costly, not to mention the safety hazards posed.

Although some structures are more prone to termite attack, every property is susceptible to a termite infestation. Even properties built primarily of brick or stone can still suffer from termite problems, because structural supports as well as other building components are constructed of wood and cellulose-based materials, which are the substances on which termites like to feed.

Fact: Termites can travel underground to get to your property; they can even get through cracks in your concrete slab.

Think you might have a Termite Infestation? See how to spot the signs:

  • Termites Mud tubes: Look for termite mud tubes (tubes built from dirt and other materials) in the sub-floor area, foundations, skirting boards, cornices and roof timbers. Bits of dried mud will fall from joints in walls when tapped.
  • Soft, and hollow sounding timber: Soft floor boards and bulging or rippling of painted timbers can be found due to termites eating timber from the inside out.When you knock or tap on an area that has termite damage, it will sound hollow due to parts (or all) of the timber having been eaten away.
  • Noises during night time: Some species of termites make a “clicking” noise, which is usually heard during night time.
  • Your vacuum cleaner goes through the skirting board! As termites have eaten away the structural integrity of the timber, bumps or pressure against them will easily cause damage.
  • Tight fitting doors or hard to open windows: As termites consume timber, their excrement or ‘mud’ creates a protective environment that traps heat and moisture, causes timber to swell, making it harder to open a window or close a door.
  • Cracks in cornices or door jams: As termites eat away the timber, it causes a loss in structural integrity and cracks form. Be careful jumping to conclusions, though; cracks could also be caused by movements in your home unrelated to termites.

The most common Termite species:

Subterranean Termites:

These termites replace any wood taken with soil from the excavation of their nest, thus they have to constantly return to their nest. Workers of this so called ‘flying ants’ species are able to chew timber right to the limits and leave only a thin veneer or coat of paint. On rare occasions, workers will chew through the veneer or paint. In this case, they will plug the hole with mud brought up from the nest.

Drywood Termites:

Their entire life cycle takes place within timber, as they do not make use of soil. These termites will dispose of their faeces and bits of undigested timber (these resemble poppy seeds), by ejecting them through ‘kick holes’. These termites should be treated by professional pest control technicians that will put in place a solution that suits your requirements.

How to Get rid of Termites

Termite Prevention: make sure you get rid of termites in the first place

Termite Control Termites can literally be eating away at your home without your knowledge. Knowing what the danger signs of a termite infestation are can help to prevent termite problems. Below are termite protection tips to ensure you get rid of termites before they become a serious problem:

  • Remove stored timber, debris and cellulose materials from under, in and around the property: Storing timber against or under your property on a soil sub-floor will provide an attractive food source and nesting site for subterranean termites. Stack firewood at the far end of your premises and remove dead trees or stumps.
  • Check plant roots: The roots of some plants can penetrate the foundations of your property allowing termites access points that are very difficult to locate. Allow at least a 30cm clearance.
  • Don’t allow climbing plants or bushy gardens to grow against your property’s structure
  • Wood that directly touches soil gives termites easy access. Regularly inspect areas such as fence posts, trellises or landscaping ties, firewood stacked up against the house, mulch that touches the house and structural supports
  • Construct timber fences and support posts with a 50mm clearance between the timbers and the soil to prevent termite access. Galvanised post shoes that elevate the timber off the ground are available from any good hardware store.
  • A  small leak can create perfect moisture conditions for termites. Whenever possible, try to fix the following, which may discourage termite activity around your property: leaky faucets, leaky gutters that leave water near the foundation and also insufficient ventilation in basements and crawl spaces - as the provide the perfect moisture conditions for termites.
  • Use only termite treated timber in garden beds, retaining walls or fence posts.

Termite Treatment Services

Rentokil provides the following termite treatment services:

Termite Treatment Chemical barrier treatments: Holes are drilled and injected with termiticide, or a liquid chemical is applied to the soil, either under concrete flooring or around the entire perimeter of the building. Our termite control technicians are trained to take care of your home or business, working with you to create an effective barrier with the minimum disruption to your premises and its surroundings.

Pre-construction treatment: Rentokil’s preferred system is implementing a physical termite barrier built into your new construction, providing long lasting termite control.This type of termite treatment involves termiticide that is applied to the soil during the construction phase of buildings to prevent any future termite infestation from taking place - saving you unnecessary costs and money in dealing with existing termite problems that arise.

Steps for professional Termite control

  • Early detection allows for a quicker and more cost-effective solution before your termite infestation becomes too large to handle. Call Rentokil Pest Control on +258 840 549 348 or +258 21 084 736 or email us to arrange a termite inspection.
  • Before any termite treatment is undertaken, one of our skilled Rentokil pest control experts will determine the type and extent of the infestation.
  • We will provide you with an expert termite treatment solution that best suits your needs, whether it be chemical barriers applied in the form of termiticide to kill termites effectively, or a pre-construction treatment in the construction phase of a building to prevent future termite activity as a preventative solution.
  • Schedule regular termite control inspection visits by qualified technicians to ensure that your property is checked for any signs of activity and ensure your premises is rid of termites. This will help to protect against termites, before the problem escalates.

If you’re worried about termites, ask the Rentokil experts to conduct free termite inspection.

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