We have been getting tons of calls for termite preventive treatments. As much as we are glad to get enquirers as it means it could very well be a sale. We don’t ever want to mislead clients. So this post is our attempt to educate the public on the misconceptions of preventive treatment. This article applies to homes not on the ground level i.e apartment buildings, any premises other than bungalows. Preventive treatment to Bungalows is possible as the external perimeter of the structure would be accessible and only then can prevention treatment be properly carried out.
First and foremost, there is no termite prevention treatment that can be employed for properties other than bungalows. Preventive treatment is to deter only subterranean termites species. There is no prevention for dry wood termites – Your best bet is to install screens to physically deter dry wood termite intrusion.
Corrective treatment is a process that requires holes to be drilled surrounding your entire property (every half a metre – 30 to 40 cm deep) only the foundation slab that your property is built on is breached – Anti-Termite chemical can injected. This chemical seeps into the ground (soil) and bonds with the soil to create a barrier which deters termites from gaining access to your property from under ground.
For apartments it is definitely out of the question so please don’t get fooled.
a) There is absolutely no soil for the chemical to bond with.
b) You would have a neighbor, one floor below – Drilling will disperse chemical into your neighbor’s property.
c) Treating the perimeter of the whole building is neither practical or economically feasible. Continue reading
Termites are nature’s recyclers. They are genetically engineered to get rid of dead wood. If not for termites our forests will be over flowing with decaying wood. As it’s impossible for us to avoid wood in our homes, yes I’m talking about all your wooden carpentry, cabinets and even mirror frames. Termites feel it’s their moral duty to rid them. Afterall that’s all the purpose they’ve been tasked with.
Unfortunately for us, they do such a great job that we often find an infestation within our homes. Subtterenean Termites Species find their way through conduits; be it sewerage or cable. Any small hairline crack is all it takes for these guys to pave their way into your property. No height in a highrise is spared.
Drywood Termites on the other hand, create alates aka swarmers. As their name suggests, these are the flying ones. They are tasked with flying to a suitable area and continue their species. One male and one female alate aka reproductile find a suitable food source and setup shop.
Infestations are usually contained to a fixture and if undisturbed may remain within till the fixture is depleted. When agitated with pesticide, Drywood Termites tend to either migrate or produce alates. This usually results in the multiple fixtures being infested. Best thing to do if you notice Drywood Termites in your home is to replace that fixture soon. Continue reading
When it comes to termites, you only realise the they are there when some damage is observed. Though tiny these creatures, they cause millions of homeowners a huge hole in their pockets. The huge hole in homeowners’ pockets is usually for repairs and at times, reconstruction of the property itself. The first thing homeowners sholud understand is that termites unlike most common household pests are not as straightforward to eliminate.
A termite nest is almost always never near where an infestation is detected. Subterranean termites as the name suggests build their nest underground. An established nest can send its forces as far as 50 metres to forage for food. This is why it’s so important to get treatment for termites as soon as you find signs of them because they can spread throughout a property or even neighbourhood in no time. Maximum Pest has encountered subterranean termite infestations in high rise apartment buildings on the 38th floors. For this particular infestation, they found their way into our client’s home via a structural beam and through a concealed electrical conduit.
Termite will usually have mulitple foraging sites either in the same property or mulitple premises concurrently. They never only rely on one food source. Continue reading
Termites, though tiny are a huge problem. They cause trillions of dollars in damage each year. Once termites find a way into your property, they will not stop till they consume all cellulose within your premises. These tiny pests are extremely organised and systematic in their approach to get their food source.
Just like any organism, termites do everything in their ability to survive. Each time a nest is threatened with extinction, the queen will go into survival mode. To sustain their species, the Queen termite will produce winged reproductives, also known as alates or swarmers. Home-owners will usually find them flying around a light source after a heavy downpour. These winged reproductives have one purpose, it is to find a suitable environment to start a new nest or colony. One male and female will tunnel into the soil, close to a food source to establish their very own colony.
As time goes on, this new colony will grow larger and much more established. A mature nest can consist of millions of termites. A single mature nest can also have multiple kings and queens. A threat to a nest can come in numerous ways.
- Heavy Rain – Potential Flooding Of The Nest
- Pesticide Application – At An Infestation Within Your Home
- Construction – Soil Disturbances Near A Termite Nest
- Seasonal – Nuptial Flight
Termite Control Methods
Maximum Pest visits at least three to five homes daily to inspect active and suspected termite infestation. We make a point to try any new chemicals constantly. We are always looking for a more effective and economical treatment option for our clients. Over the years we have tried numerous termite control options available and narrowed them down to a select few. Termite control with incorrect methods will only cause more damage and destruction in the future so it is important to engage the right company and conduct the right termite control.