Fascinating facts about termites

1. While they can be pests to homeowners, termites are actually beneficial insects, ecologically speaking. They are important decomposers and break down tough plant fibres recycling dead and decaying trees for the soil.

2. Termites digest cellulose with the help of microrganisms in their gut. They feed on plants directly or on fungus growing on decaying plant material.

3. Termites feed on each otehrs faeces. They aren't born with all that bacteria in their gut, so the must obtain a supply of microorganisms for their digestive tracts. They also need to resupply themselves after they moult, so eating poop plays a big rolein their lives. 

4. Termite father help raise their young. Unlike in bee colonies, where males are short-lived and die soon after mating, the termite kings stick around. He stays with the queen, fertilizing her eggs as needed and helps her feed their young with pre-digested food. 

5. Termite workers and soldiers are blind in almost all species. Since they spend their lives in the dark, they do not need to develop functional eyes. Only the reproductive termites require eyesight for when they fly to find new mates and new nest sites.

6.  When termite soldiers detect a threat, they tap warning vibrational signals to the colony. 

7. Termites use pheromones, or chemical scents, to communicate with one another. Each colony produces a distinct scent so there will never be confuson between 2 neighbouring colonies. 

8. Termites need to be well-groomed for survival. To keep parasites and bacteria under control, they will spend a great deal of time groomig each other.

Termites are of great interest to Pest Control Operators because of their destructive behaviour. They cause Billions of Rands worth of damage around the world, and Africa has a large proportion of termites, about 400 of the 2000 species alive today. All termites have simple mouth parts like those of cockroaches with jaws that move sideways.                                                Typical evidence of activity

 

Subterranean termites, unlike drywood termites, require contact with soil or some other source of moisture. Termites usually enter buildings unobserved through the foundations, and they spread to the upper levels by way of the joints, floors and wall cavities. To maintain lines of communication between the nest and the food, termites use soil to create covered runways against the foundation walls.   

 

 

    

 

Assessments

 

We can be called for free identification, advice, and quotations for any termite infestations. At times the client mistakes common ants for termites, but we are SAPCA trained inspectors and we know what to look for.

Spot treatments

 

Spot treatments, or localised treatments, are done when either finances do not permit full treatments, or where we cannot do full treatments. This treatment carries no guarantees since termites at the activity sites aren’t necessarily nesting in that area. Nests are also pumped with termiticide.       

5 Year guarantees

 

We offer 5 year written guarantees where full termite treatments are carried out. This involves drilling and injecting the termiticide into the foundation. Our work is of the highest standards, and our work is done so neatly,  often the customer has to ask us to show them the drill marks.