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Questions to Ask About Termites

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Termites are without a doubt very harmful to the structure of your home. However, this surely brings another question to mind. We’ve compile few common questions and its answers about termites to clear the air for you!

What are termites?

Termites are social insects that live in colonies. They originate from the soil and generally enter structures undetected via hidden pathways in foundation walls and floors. They primarily live below the soil surface.

Termites consume wood and other cellulose materials in 24/7 basis, which they can easily found in your home’s structural components and other building components.

This is why the risk of termite infestation is one of a thing that every homeowners should be concerned.

What’s the differences between drywood and subterranean termites?

There are two main termite species that are commonly found in Indonesia: drywood termites and subterranean termites.

  • Drywood termites live in wood that has very low moisture and this type of termite do not need direct contact with soil. They target movable wooden objects such as your wooden furniture.
  • Subterranean termites on other hand build their nests underground and accumulate soil or mud within the tunnels of the wood they are eating. They often damage structural timbers and walls.

Can termites be harmful to humans?

Termites do not transmit diseases to humans, but they do harm your home - which could eventually put your family in danger.

Termites can cause an unstable and dangerous place for a living, like falling damaged beams and collapsed ceilings. These things surely can be harmful to your family health and safety.

What are the signs of termites in your home?

In general, there are a few telltale signs of termites infestation to look for (based on its species):

Signs of drywood termites

  • They often leave behind brown-coloured and grainy faecal mounds. These faecal pellets are usually found beneath the infested wood.
  • It usually consume woods from the inside out, leaving a thin veneer of timber or paint. You can tap or knock on wooden areas with a screwdriver head. If the sound indicates a hollowed out or ‘papery’ structure, it is a strong sign of drywood termites presence.

Signs of subterranean termites

  • There is mud tubes along the foundations and floor joints.
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Image of drywood termite's droppings

 
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 Image of subteerrenean termite's mud tubes

What to do if you have termites at home?

Termites are undoubtedly very destructive pests in the world. But, luckily there are few simple termite prevention that will help you to reduce the risk of termites to choosing your home as their target.

  • Constant maintenance in your plumbing to make sure that there are no leaks
  • Keep furniture away from walls
  • Choose furniture made from metal and other materials
  • Remove old tree stumps from your garden

Termite removal

Although these termite prevention tips above can help you to reduce the risk of termites, yet these tips will not fully guarantee that your termite problem will be done.

The best way to treat termites is to enlist the help of a professional termite exterminator company. A termite exterminator will be able to ensure your home is kept safe from termites by offering a range of protection and treatment methods.

Get in contact with Rentokil today and enjoy Mandiri 0% Installment for Rentokil Termite Protection Plan today!