Let us look at some of the facts about termites which may provide an insight on the damage caused by termites and why it need to be addressed in an effective manner
  • Termites have been around since the Mesozoic era (i.e. since the time of the dinosaurs!!!) which quite literally means that they have a strong sense of survival and persistence explaining why erstwhile termite treatments are actually not quite effective.
  • Termite colonies eat nonstop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! This results in up to $ 2 billion in damage every year.
  • More than 600,000 U.S. homes suffer termite damage totaling over $2 billion annually. That is more damage than is caused by all fires, storms and earthquakes combined. More than 2 million homes require termite treatment each year.

Lots of factors combine to allow termites to continuously feed. First, like many types of bees, termites are social. They cooperate to find food, raise young and build and defend nests. Second, they compensate for their weaknesses -- they keep their nests moist so their bodies don't dry out, and they build shelters to protect themselves from predators and the elements. Third, they do big things in small steps. They take tiny bites of the application to use as food, and they carry tiny particles of dirt and waste to build their homes. They get help from even smaller organisms, like fungi, bacteria and protozoa as well!

The aromatic odors of polymers, the bright colors & the texture of polymer products, the affinity for cellulose fibers that make up wood are all responsible for termites being attracted to plastic and wooden goods. All of these factors have contributed to consequent damage caused by termites which can be briefly summarized for the following broad sectors:

Timber Damage
Due to their wood-eating habits, many termite species can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures. Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes. Once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they also damage paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials. Particles taken from soft plastics, plaster, rubber, and sealants such as silicone rubber and acrylics are often employed in construction.
Wire and cable industry
Termites attacking through wires could result in short circuits leading to fire hazards; whereas damage to optical fiber cables could disrupt transmission of sensitive communication.
Several agricultural plants suffer significant damage due to termites such as sugarcane, upland rice and eucalyptus. Other crops include maize, cotton, peanuts, soybean, coffee, fruit trees and vegetables. Termites may cause injury to plants by feeding on roots, leaves, stems and woody tissue. Termites can be major agricultural pests, particularly in Africa and Asia, where crop losses can be severe. Counterbalancing this is the greatly improved water infiltration where termite tunnels in the soil allow rainwater to soak in deeply and help reduce runoff and consequent soil erosion
Gas pipelines and tubings
Sensitive applications such as gas transfer are also damaged by these termites.

Conventional methods of treating termites have often been thwarted and their purpose belied because of the persistent nature of the termites and their tendency of living in colonies which are very difficult to treat. Moreover most of these treatments involve the use of toxic chemicals which are more often pryethroid based. There could be accidental ingestion by non target species as also human beings.

  • Insecticides which are sprayed on agricultural crops may lead to accidental ingestion by non-target species- which could have been otherwise useful, pests and so on. This can prove extremely detrimental in agriculture where upon application of such insecticide there could be elimination of useful earthworms, honey bees and so on.
  • Having high vapor pressure would mean that they would volatilize easily which would mean that their application in the wire and cable industry would remain limited. Toxic fumes resulting from these being in the vapor form are far more lethal than the insecticide being in the original state itself.
  • Moreover most insecticide have a very fast release mechanism which means that they would leach out to the groundwater reserves as also degrade the soil condition.
  • Accidental ingestion by human beings can also have unpleasant effects.
Thus employing innovative concentrate formulation techniques and focusing on environmental issues and safety norms is the need of the hour. That is where TermirepelTM comes in.
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TermirepelTM follows a unique 6 pronged strategy aimed at repelling termites and insects from the application, thus safeguarding the latter and prolonging the active life of the same. The same is affected in a manner which is effective while at the same time not harmful to the environment, human beings.
TermirepelTM is designed particularly for polymer applications. Termirepel™ molecules are stable up to 1400oC which can withstand almost all polymer processing temperatures. As (air) temperature increases, vapour hazards will increase.
TermirepelTM has been developed for application in the construction, agricultural and plastics industry. Thus it caters to a wide ranging and diverse portfolio of applications effectively and consistently.
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