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In a natural environment, termites (also known as “white ants”) are actually useful to the ecology because they help to break down nutrients from dead trees and plants. However, termites become a formidable threat when they invade our living space. They are considered the most challenging pest to manage, and are financially and structurally damaging to homes and businesses.

In Indonesia, termite damage is actually much more common compared to fire and flood because our tropical environment and high humidity encourage the growth of termite population. As they can feed on wood for 24 hours-a-day without sleeping, a termite infestation can quickly lead to costly repairs and structural failure.

Rentokil’s Termite Control Solutions

Whether it’s your home or business premises, it is likely to be your biggest investment in terms of money, sweat and effort, so naturally you want only the best provider for all your termite control needs. Termite control is most effective if it is carried out by experienced and professionally trained technicians who understand the biology and living/feeding habits of termites.

As the market leader in the pest control industry, Rentokil’s Termite Home Protection Plan offers termite control solutions that are specifically designed for different termite species and customers’ needs. Our comprehensive termite inspection and treatment types are backed by Rentokil Termite Warranty. Throughout the years, many property owners and industries alike, have entrusted Rentokil to deal with their termite problems. Find out what our customers have to say about their experience with us.

Termite Detection: The Hungry & Broad Travelers at Your Home

Termites are typical social insects that lives within a colony, whom feeds on woods a 24/7/365 basis. They are also widely regarded as the most destructive pest in the world for your home and property.

Since your home is largely made from wood, it’s certainly very attractive to raise the appetite among these hungry colonies of termites. Therefore, you need to be aware that your home is vulnerable to the threat of termites infestation at any time!

People do refer termites as white ants at times. This is because termite’s morphological and way of living is relatively similar to ants. You should never get confused between ants and termites! A quick tip to differentiate ants and termites includes observing their patterns in foraging. Ants are more visible by us while travelling to their sources of food, and they also follow a trail of pheromones that have been made by their own. In contrast, termites are capable to foraging far from its nest to the sources of food and secretly travelling at random path without being seen by us!

In everyday life, many people are not aware that termites are capable in traveling horizontally and vertically. This ranges from underground to upper ground, and as far as few hundred feet’s away to consume the visible wooden materials around your home. In some cases, some termite species can also travel and build the invisible nest for its colonies built deep in your home such as concrete and cement walls! Here’s some explanation why termites infestation at home cannot be ignored.

  • Drywood termites are the species of termite that entirely can be seen above the ground, because its nest only require small amount of contact with soil moisture. They commonly live and travel upper ground with a small group of colonies to the dry areas and excavating their nest in the drywood. They chew wooden utility poles in your home, dying trees and even your favourite wooden furniture, such as your table and chair!

  • Subterranean termites are generally excavating their nest and travelling secretly in the soil, under your home structure or inside the large structural elements like your home foundation walls. They build their nest underground in the form of ‘mud tubes’ made up of a mixture of feces, saliva, and soil (as small of pencil-size). The mud tubes is functioned as ‘the highway’ that allows them travelling from underground to upper ground to bring them closer to their source of foods.

  • Macrotermes termites are widely known as the most unique and the largest termite species size of all! Funnily it's so obvious to notice its presence around us, because they always create their nest upper ground in the form of giant mound! Due to their capabilities in finding food sources both from the upper and underground, their presence would be so dangerous in your home; especially when they try to rule your garden. They will travel out from its giant mound to eat the roots and tree trunks, chop the base of the plant at ground level and bring back the loot to their nest. Very terrifying isn’t it?

With the basic understanding of termite’s traveling behavior, homeowners might be able to treat termites in a proper manner and protect their home. Call us today at 0 800 1 333 777 or reach us online for a reliable termite solution from our technical experts!

What happens if My Neighboring Home has Termite Problem?

Termites can travel upwards and horizontally. They build mud tubes to engage in their termite activity and food sourcing in the ground and allow them to travel up and down the tube. As termites formed colony that is established in the soil, and most landed home are now built in clusters or in a connected row, the risks of getting a termite infestation may be higher. If your neighbour has a history of termite infestation, are you at risks of getting a termite infestation? The answer is yes!

Besides the termites’ movement and mobility in vertical and horizontal means, there are 2 important factors influencing the spread of infestation.

  1. Is the termite infestation resolved and under control? Are they addressing just the surface problem with a “contact kill” localized treatment instead of resolving the root source?
  2. Is the quality of treatment effective and responsive? In some treatments and solutions, the termiticide chosen are repellent form, and has compromised efficacies. For example, it may have minimum domino effect and less significant in colony elimination.

So what happens if your neighbor has a termite problem or has recently completed a termite treatment?

#1: Engage in a pest control specialist to do a thorough inspection using Microwave technology or thermal imaging to detect if your home already has termite activity or early signs of infestation

#2: Protect your home with quality and innovative termite solution. If your home is infested or already damaged by termites, there is termite solution that halts termite feeding effectively to prevent further damage to your structure.

#3 Ensure consistent and regular monitoring and inspection to identify any potential risks and activities if any. It is important to detect early and take quick corrective measures.

#4: Adopt a healthy housekeeping habit and home maintenance to prevent food source to attract termites. Termites need food, water and shelter to survive. Follow the 6 things you can do to protect your home.

#5: Be well educated and aware of your home and termites signs. How do termites look like? Where to spot them? How to tell if your home has termites? For instance, Termites have a straight waist, straight antenna, and same length of wings. They are different and should not be mistaken for ants. Most people tend to get confused between Termites and Ants.

Take the 1st step to do a home-check to ensure your home has no termite activity. You may request for a home inspection to identify potential signs or infestation risks at his-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com or call 0 8001 333 777 for a non-obligation home check service.

6 White Ant’ Facts You Have to Know

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  1. Termite, also known as ‘white ant’ is one of the most feared home pests for owners., because Termite damage can significantly lower a property’s value
  1. Termite is often mistaken for an ant because of their appearance . One way to differentiate between the two is that termite has much thicker waist than an ant’s.
  1. Termite feeds on anything with cellulose; wooden furniture, door frames, floorings, ceilings include plants, cardboard, and paper!
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  1. Once a food source is established for the colony, they can feed non –stop 24 hours a day and never sleep!
  1. Termite eats from the inside out, meaning termite damage cannot be seen from the outside until it is too late.
  1. Early detection is key. Technology helps termite control with early detection of its presence using comprehensive inspection technology.

You might feeding ‘Silent Destroyer’ in your house

Termites live either in the wood or via a tunnel underground, making it difficult for home owners to spot and identify as compared to other visible and obvious pests for instance cockroach or lizards. Just like human beings, termites require the 4 basic survivor elements such as food, moisture, shelter and comfortable temperate.

Termites are known to live up to their nickname as the silent destroyer. Besides less physically obvious, their nature involves feeding your home slowly like the beams, structure, flooring and wall. The presence of their colony consists of thousands and thousands of termites chewing up our home 24 hours every day. Most of the time, these symptoms often goes unnoticeable.

Their saw-toothed jaws also meant, they are strong and capable enough to chew off the home eventually, and thus slowly destroying the home we are living in. There are some quick simple tips to learn in identifying some termite infestation at your home. You can do some self-home check; however in need of any clarification, always remember to seek professional services.

Tip #1: Is your home structure and fixtures damaged? Check on your walls, roof, structure, flooring and even wooden fixtures for any signs or damages, cracks or weakening.

Tip #2: Do you hear anything coming from your structure? Rattling, paper rustling or a hollow sound when wood is tapped is some common sounds caused by termite infestation

Tip #3: Do you see anything unusual? Take a closer look at your windows, doors or any home access and check for presence of discarded wings. See if you can spot pencil-sized mud tubes that can be found anywhere the ground that meets and connect your home.

Termites are known to be the most challenging pest to identify, and is important to seek professional help to take early prevention and solution before the problem turns into a damaging impact to your home.

Engage our specialist for peace of mind assurance at ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.co.id or call 1-800-1-333-777

10 interesting Facts about Termites

  1. In almost all species, both the workers and soldiers are blind. However, they rely on smell to signal food source, by leaving scent trial behind for termites to follow. Reproductive termites are the only termites that require eyesight, since they must fly to find mates and new nest sites.
  2. Termites communicate by using vibration. To alert a danger, termite soldiers will knock their head against the structure to cause a vibration to keep the termites on guard from enemies.
  3. Termites don't need sleep. At all. They work 24-hours, 7 days daily a day eating, building, and mating.
  4. Interestingly, do you know, Termite Queen is considered as a delicacy in some parts of the world?
  5. Termites do have wings. The reason why people misunderstand them as “white ants” is because these wings are shed off, and their looks similar.
  6. Termites hate light and heat, preferring dark moist environments, such as undersoil or below the ground.
  7. Termites digest cellulose substance from wood they chew with the presence of bacteria and microorganisms inside their digestive system.
  8. These species (macrotermes ) can build a large mound above the ground, as high as a house!
  9. Termites actually share the common origins as cockroach!
  10. Termites lived 130 million years ago, they have been in the world for ages!

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