About termites

How to identify termites

A termite is an insect with six legs with it’s body divided into three main constrictions of it’s head, thorax and abdomen.  Termites live in colonies and divide their work amongst the castes or specialized members.  All individuals within the same nest work for the common good of the colony.  The members of the colonies move in passageways that are hidden from sunlight and the subterranean termite requires a constant supply of moisture.  Each termite colony has a distinct odor which enables the members to reconize nestmates.

 

Why do I have termites?

termites pictures what do termites look likeTermites will feed on anything which contains cellulose and subterranean termites are one of the most destructive. Termites not only like to eat homes and buildings but will also consume books, documents, photographs, and anything else which contains cellulose.  They also eat non stop, 24 hours a day.  They have existed for over 55 million years and are very good at what they do.

 

Termites vs ants

  • Ants have an angled antennae whereas termites have a beaded antennae.
  • The front wings of flying ants are larger than the back whereas termite wings are all the same size.
  • Ants have a constricted waist whereas the termites waist is broad.

 

How to treat termites

Due to the damage they cause it’s important that you have your home thoroughly inspected for termite activity if you see any signs of an infestation.   Additionally it isn’t recommended to try and treat termites yourself.  The investigation and treatment is a complex process.  Home treatments are known to be less effective and if the chemicals are mixed incorrectly they can be dangerous to plants, animals and humans.  For that reason we recommend using an expert like ourselves.

 

How much does termite treatment cost?

There are several factors which contribute to the termite treatment cost.  In order to give a correct price, we visit your home or property and make a full assessment.  Once this has been done we can advise you on how much the termite treatment will cost.  Rest assured, we have a fair pricing policy in place and we give you the best price available.  Some of our competitors have been known to compromise the product.  We guarantee we don’t follow this kind of unethical behavior.

 

What can I do in the future to avoid termites?

Termites are difficult to prevent but there are corrective and preventive techniques that can help deter them and we can advise you on this.  Once your property has been treated you have peace of mind and you are guaranteed for 12 months.  After the 12 month period you have an option to extend the warranty of the termite treatment.