Termites: The wood destroyer

Termites have been around for more than 240 million years. Homeowners suffer average $7,900 of damage before realizing they have termites. Termites release an estimated 176 billion pounds of “greenhouse gas” per year. Termites not only damage woods but now they are also damaging wires and cables

Generally, termites live in trees, lumber, soil, and wooden structures.

The diet of the termites is made of organic fiber, cellulose, plants like grass etc. The cellulose is the one which provides the termites with nutrients which they need to survive since they cannot digest the cellulose directly; therefore, they have other microorganisms like the protozoans and bacteria in their stomach which helps them to break the cellulose so that it can be digested by their metabolism.

Do termites get attracted to wood?

Yes, termites get attracted to wood they eat wood in houses, utility poles, furniture, dying trees etc.

Since wood is difficult to consume and digest, termites are equipped with special mouthparts for chewing wood and other forms of cellulose which cannot be digested directly.

In many numbers of cases termites invasion cannot be noticed, once the colonies are built up then termites can stay for a long period of time without being noticed.

The evidence for termite damage is reported below.

Call Collett: Termites infest Hanahan home
Posted: Jun 14, 2018, 08:05 AM EDT

Termites infested the family’s Hanahan home two years ago.  With the siding off to investigate, termites were found in walls, the floor, the windows, in the master bedroom and bathroom.

There were remnants on the front stairs. The Woods expected Arrow to cover the fix since their contract with them covers up to $250,000 in repairs.

After a survey, BMC gets cracking on Bandra’s termite-infested
TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 05:50 IST

MUMBAI: Barely three days after TOI reported how a survey by residents of Bandra’s Mount Mary Road found 49 of 189 trees along their road infested with termites, BMC sent a team on Friday morning to inspect and begin treating them. Residents said the spraying of chemicals around the base where termites were spotted was a relief as they feared the trees would crash. In the past week, one person died while another was injured in tree crashes.

Maria D’Souza, the chairperson of Mount Mary Kane Road advanced locality management (ALM), said it was heartening to see officials take action. “The H westward team cut branches officials take action. “The H westward team cut branches of trees naturally dead and inspected others. Chemical treatment was also given where required,” she said.

Super termites’ have moved into the Midlands. They can eat your home 10 times faster
Updated: July 12, 2018, 12:14 PM

The dreaded “super termite” has come to the Midlands.

Rodney Dorn of Columbia-based Modern Exterminating was inspecting a Lexington County house in June when he came across a colony of termites that were different than those native to the area. He took a sample to Dr. Eric Benson, an entomology professor at Clemson, and Benson confirmed it was a Formosan subterranean termite — colloquially referred to as a “super termite.”

Super termites earn their nickname by aggressively eating through the wood. In under a month, a colony can chew through a foot-long 2X4, according to an article from Pestworld.org.

“They eat about 10 times faster than our eastern subterranean termite (which is) what we have here,” said Modern Exterminating owner Glenn Matthews.

While termites native to the Midlands often have colonies in the thousands, super termites have colonies in the millions, according to an article from the University of Florida. Super termites, which can burrow underground 300 feet from a hive, are also exceptionally difficult to kill.

Super termites are an invasive species from Asia that were introduced into America in the 1950s, most likely after military hardware — such as wooden pallets infected with Formosan termites — returned home from the Korean War, Benson said.

As termites are resistance to pesticides, they do not get affected by the pesticides.

In order to keep the termites away we do require a strong result and for this, our product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an anti-insect aversive which repels insects.

Termirepel™ works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application.

The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, nonhazardous, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the liquid concentrate can be mixed with paints and organic solvent in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the storage area, ceiling, panels exterior and interior of the wall as to be protected from termites.

Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with the surfaces wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed etc.

Our product in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into the polymeric applications like polymeric tree guards, pipes, wires, cables, polymeric material, instruments and equipment’s which are attacked by termites.

Termirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It does not volatilize and does not degrade the soil. It is RoHS, RoHS2, ISO, REACH, APVMA, BPR, NEA compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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