The termites originate from the ground and move in mud tubes. They feed on wood, paper or anything containing cellulose. They attack your furniture, doors, fixtures, documents, clothes and even currency notes. When you see a mud tube it means millions of termites are working 24 hrs a day damaging your property.
The biggest problem with termites is that normally you cannot see them and the damages they cause maybe be discovered too late to be controlled. So its better to when you dealing with termites prevention is definitely better than cure.
You can also see termite photos to identify them.
If your neighbor has got the anti-termite treatment done, the termites will start moving towards new untreated zones, which could be your house. Termites live in the soil and invade buildings in search of their favorite food i.e. wood and paper (anything containing cellulose). They are known to be hidden invaders.
Though the termites live in the soil, they are known to infest even high rise buildings having more than 100 storeys, moving all the way from ground to the top floor. Rats are also known to be excellent climbers and use drain pipes, electric cables, lift shafts etc. to reach the top floors.
During construction, termite treatments are undertaken and you should take care that this happens in your home also.Anti-termite treatment done before the house is constructed is called pre-construction anti-termite treatment.
Generally two types of Termites seen in the homes, offices, buildings etc.
The termites groups commonly found are called the termite colonies as highly organised societies exist within underground tunnels and chambers. These termites build and maintain the nest.The termites search cure for immature, scourge for food to eat and cary back the food to the nest. Generally termites food are wood and other cellulose product such as paper and cardboard.
Queens an kings produce the new offsprings .while soldiers protect the colony forom invasion .Swarmers are male and adult female adults maitain and build new colonies.
These termites as the name implies are establish in dry sound wood that may have as little as 3% mosture contents. They don't required the constant mosture supply. These termites are the larger than the subesterran termites. These termites generally damages the furniture.
One of the common symptoms of these termites attack is the accumulation of tiny straw-colored fecd pallets inside or beneth infested furniture.
TERMITE CONTROL TIPS
Eliminate moisture problems in and around the home.
Keep proper ventilation in both the attic and the crawl space areas.
Keep standing water away from the foundation.
Remove potential food sources from around the house (dead stumps, firewood, wood debris and paper.
Eliminate all wood to ground contact around the exterior perimeter of the structure.
Rgularly inspect wood decks and wood fences for activity or damage.
Keep all much and other ground cover below the sideing around the exterior perimeter of the home.
Look for warning signs (wings discarded from swarmer termites, mud tunnels, bubbled or cracked paint)
Seal nail holes and cracks in exposed wood to help prevent easy access by drywood termites.
Contact with a professional pest control company to regularly inspect your home to detect a termite infestation and act on it accordingly. Also do not hesitate to call for professional help if your house is seriously infested with termites.
BRANDS /COMPANIES OFFERING TERMITE CONTROL SERVICES
Some of the companies providing professional termite control services are: