Finding your home has been infested with termites that can disturb you. These tiny, unobtrusive pests can wreak havoc on your home. In fact, termites are considered the # 1 threat to timber structures – they appear before flooding, fire, and wind. Termites cause thousands of rupees in damage all around Pakistan each year, which is a prime driving factor behind keeping your home safe and pest-free.
What do termites eat?
Termites love to chew on wood and other cellulosic materials such as paper, cardboard, or even leaves. The tricky part is that they feed on wood from the inside and from below, so the wood looks normal even if it is infected.
Do termites live alone or in groups?
A termite won’t survive alone. Their lives are built around living in colonies ranging in size from several thousand to millions. Like many insect species, the social life of termite colonies includes different roles, such as the king and queen, which oversee reproduction, as well as worker termites and nymphs.
Can more than one colony damage a home?
In some places, several termite colonies occupy one territory, but they do not move from one to another.
How fast can a termite eat wood?
While a single termite itself can feed very slowly, when multiplied by thousands in a colony, it is much faster. An average colony can eat roughly 2 feet of a 2×4 tree per year, which may not seem like a lot. However, they do not eat neatly and neatly. As termites get in and eat the wood from the inside, they can potentially damage the structural integrity of parts of your home in just a few months.
What is the lifespan of a termite?
An individual termite from a working variety can live for about two years, but a healthy termite colony will reproduce and live for many years without interference.
What attracts termites to homes?
Wood and other cellulosic materials (such as firewood, lumber, cardboard, and newspapers) serve as tasty food for these devastating pests. If these materials are in the process of decaying, they will attract even more termites as they are easier to eat.
Why do termites swarm?
Termite flocks develop at certain stages in the colony’s life cycle. In an appearance that resembles flying ants, swarms leave the current nest when it becomes too large. This group of adults will move to an alternate territory to identify a surrogate colony. After they stop moving, swarms usually shed their wings, and their appearance may indicate a nearby nest.
What are the signs of termite infestation?
Termite damage in wood is often found behind walls and under floors. A clicking sounds when tapping the wood may also indicate damage. Early damage can appear as cracks inside a tree roof or maze tunnels. When termites swarm and move around, they tend to shed their wings and can be found near windows, doors, and other entry points.
How to avoid a termite infestation?
Eliminating as many food sources as possible should help avoid termites. You should store firewood at least 20 feet from your home. Keep gutters clean to avoid the build-up of cellulosic materials such as leaves or paper. Maintain your home and property in good condition to prevent termite access through the roof, air conditioner, garage, loose siding, or other entry points.When your home is being nibbled from the inside, you don’t have to waste time trying to learn how to control termites with your own hands. Instead, contact a trusted termite control experts as soon as you suspect you may be having a termite problem. Better yet, ask for regular termite exams to calm yourself down, even if you don’t see any signs. For information on pest management services in Lahore that can help with termite and other problems, contact Neoteric Chemicals and Solutions.