Termites

Termites are considered to be one of the most destructive pests in the world. Termites are insects, which mostly feed on dead plant matter like woodchip, decayed wood (logs), leaf litter and soil. They are sometimes called “white ants” but they are only distantly related to ants.There are 200 different species of termites in Sri Lanka, but only a handful cause problems to properties:

Termites are one of the most dangerous types of pest infestations that homes can get. They will not sting, bite, contaminate your food supply, or spread disease like some other types of pests. But, termites are dangerous to the structure of your home. They work silently and behind the scenes eating away at the wood of your house. Oftentimes, the damage they create is directly to the structural elements of a property. About 90% of property damages in Sri Lanka are caused by Coptotermes species making it the “public enemy number 1” in Sri Lanka.

If you have a termite infestation you will not see them dash across the floor of your kitchen like you would if you had a roach or rodent infestation. This sounds like good news but it is actually one of the elements that make termites so dangerous. These pests can silently eat away at the wood of your home without you having any idea that it is happening. They generally spend their time under your house and inside the walls making it difficult to spot signs of activity. By the time you see evidence of termite damage inside of the house it is likely to be very extensive.

Pre construction treatment

Oil base treatment

Post construction treatment

X term baiting system & monitoring

Signs of termite infestation

1. Discarded Wings

This is often the first and only sign of a termite problem. As a termite colony matures, winged termites leave the nest to create a new colony.

2. Mud Tubes

Termites create mud tubes to travel from the soil to their food source – which maybe your home.

3. Termite droppings or frass
Termite droppings or frass are a tell-tale sign of a termite infestation. Drywood termites nest inside of wood.

4. Head Banging.

You could hear quiet clicking sounds coming from your walls. Soldier termites bang their heads against the wood or shake their bodies when the colony is disturbed to signal danger to the other termites.

5. Outdoor issues.

Trees damaged by termites can be dangerous if fallen trees land on your home or in your backyard. This could also mean termites could be heading towards your home

6. Uneven or Bubbling Paint.

Uneven or bubbling paint is often a sign of moisture build-up, which could mean one of two things – water damage or termites.

7. Hollowed-out wood or exterior wood damage.

Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation.

8. Exterior wood damage.

Wood that is damaged on the surface could indicate a potential termite infestation.

9. Tight-fitting doors or windows.

As subterranean termites devour timber, their excrement or “mud” creates a protective environment that traps heat and moisture. This causes timber to swell, making it harder to open a window or close a door.

Where to look for signs of terminates in your home