Tenacious Termites

They’re highly important to the ecosystem, in the wild. However in the home they are the most destructive pests. Termites cause major damage and can also devalue a home by more than 25%. In worst-case scenario, if left untreated, they can cause a building to collapse. However, if you do suspect termite activity on your premises, don’t panic. Termites work slowly and will not bring a building down overnight.

The signs to look out for are mud tubes, wood siding damage, mazes inside walls, ceiling and floor warping, doors and widows that don’t work properly, termite swarmers (and their wings), tiny holes in wood and termite droppings which look like a pile of dirt or very fine wood shavings. These are all signs you that termites have invaded your space and you that you may have an infestation.

Each termite colony contains several types (castes), the three principal castes are workers, soldiers and reproductives. The colony reaches its maximum size in approximately 4 to 5 years and may include 60,000 to 200,000 workers. New colonies are formed when winged males and females from a parent colony emerge in flight or swarm.

Winged reproductives are dark brown to brownish black and have two pairs of equal size wings. After a flight, the winged males and females return to the ground and shed their wings. The royal couple digs a chamber in the soil near wood, enters the chamber and seals the opening. After mating, the queen starts laying eggs. The queen may live up to 25 years and lay more than 60,000 eggs a day. The eggs are yellowish white and hatch after an incubation of 50 to 60 days.

Full-grown workers are soft-bodied, wingless, blind and creamy white. They provide food for the entire colony and perform all the labor in the colony such as obtaining food, feeding other caste members and immatures, excavating wood, and constructing tunnels. Workers mature within a year and live from 3 to 5 years.

Soldiers are creamy white, soft-bodied, wingless and blind. The head of the soldier is enormously elongated, brownish, hard and equipped with two jaws. Their only function is to defend the colony against invaders. Soldiers mature within a year and live up to 5 years.

XPest Control Services are qualified, registered and experienced technicians who specialise in the safe and effective eradication of termites, (as well as ant, cockroach and rat infestations) from residential, commercial and industrial premises. X-Pest is the tried and trusted solution. We have a proven track record and a satisfied client base in Johannesburg and Pretoria since 1986.

X-Pest will carefully assess and consider each case and present the best treatment solution to effectively eradicate a termite infestation, or prevent one. We provide a termite pre-construction treatment, where soil is treated before the building process as the ultimate preventative solution. Furthermore, we provide clearance certificates for wood-destroying insect pests, when we treat your premises.

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