There are about 2500 species of termites in the world. Termites are also referred to as ‘white ants’ because of their creamy coloring and ant-like appearance. Termites help the environment by assisting in recycling of organic matter and nutrients back to soil.
Termites are known to eat though wood materials as their main food item is cellulose, but they also eat through plastic water pipes, lead batteries, and under the hood wiring in automobiles.
Even a small hole is sufficient enough for the termites to get across the cables. Underground cables are prone to attacks from termites. This can lead to circuit breakdowns. Termites eat though both lead & polyethylene sheathings. Even if the sheathing has an additive like an insecticide, they can still cause a serious damage as the insecticide is not designed for use in wires and cables.
There are numerous incidents where underground cable systems were attacked by termites. In Brazil, cables was made up of two layers core & sheath which is insulated internally by oil-impregnated paper and externally by a PVC sheath was damaged by termites. The termites caused serious damage to the cables by puncturing the PVC layer which is the outer covering of the cable.
This can lead to outages and requires expensive maintenance. It can also cause corrosion and hence short circuits. Due to the termites problems the cable company has spent about US$75,000.00 per year only with digging services. The total maintenance cost reached US$700,000.00, and the underground cable system became out of service
Termirepel™ is a non- toxic, non- hazardous and ecofriendly anti termite masterbatch for polymeric applications specifically for use in wires and cable applications.
It can be incorporated in wire and cables and does not hinder the properties of the applications. The repellence effect of Termirepel™ causes an unpleasant reaction in the termites. This helps to protect the wires & cables from this hungry termites in a safe eco friendly way.