Termites are the worst fears for a homeowner as these tiny creatures have the power to reduce a building to a heap of sawdust. Where are they found? Are they in the cupboard..? Or under the stairs..? No, they are found everywhere. They may be small but the damage they do to our home or office is huge and sometimes irreplaceable.
Termites are a kind of white ant that differ from other Xylophagous insects because they are organized into a society like bees and ants. In the wild, they feed on barks of the trees or through soil damage our environment. Whereas in our houses or offices they feed on wood as they have mouthparts that chew up wood bit by bit. But the real trick is that these termites carry formic acid that digests the cellulosic fibers making up the wood.
Termites are a terrible pest because they penetrate into houses and wooden structures along mortar joints, through waste pipes, through electric cable ducts, and through inner partitions. They take advantage of any cracks in the structure of a building, entering into the woodwork and beginning their destruction. They always eat away in the opposite direction to the light, thus making them very difficult to detect. The main problem is that termites eat the wood from the inside out, so it is impossible to see the damage until it is too late. They are also likely to go for wood that is close to the ground, so foundations in older buildings are particularly susceptible.
According to the National Pest Management Association (USA), termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage every year, an expense not typically covered under homeowners’ insurance policies. Indeed, damage from termites is five times more likely than damage from fire. To heighten awareness of these pervasive pests, the association designated March 25 to 29 as “Termite Awareness Week.
The different types of Termites found in nature are Drywood termites, Subterranean termites, Formosan termites and Dampwood termites. Amongst these, the subterranean termites are the most commonly found species of termites in Europe.
Let us look at how these termites damage our wooden objects. The Subterranean termites eat wood, along the grain. They prefer to eat the light parts of the wood and leave the dark rings. Their galleries often look long and narrow because they follow the grain of the wood. During the excavation of wood subterranean termites bring soil particles into the galleries. They stick the soil particles and their droppings onto the walls of the galleries which help in keeping the environment humid in the gallery.
Whereas when Drywood termites eat wood, they eat the light parts and the dark rings. They form galleries which are larger in size than the one formed by the subterranean termites. Since dry wood termites do not go into the soil, their galleries are smooth and clean. These termites dispose off their droppings by pushing them out of the galleries.
These termites have caused a huge amount of damages. Let us look at some of these damages:
- 10-year-old hospitalized after termite fumigation at Florida
September 5, 2015, CNN, USA
A young boy has suffered severe brain damage – which will likely affect him for life – after he and his family were apparently cleared to return to their home following botched termite fumigation. Peyton McCaughey, 10, went back inside the house in Palm City, Florida, alongside his mother, Lori, father, Carl, and little sister on August 16 – two days after it had been tented for termites. Although the family had been told by a Terminix subcontractor that it was safe to return to the fumigated property, they all started vomiting that night, a lawyer for the McCaugheys alleges. While Mr and Mrs McCaughey and their daughter recovered the next day, Peyton deteriorated.
- Termites eat away currency worth over $65,000 in China
June 11, 2013 ,China
A chinese woman almost lost her life savings recently when termites invaded a wooden drawer in which she kept a plastic bag containing 400,000 yuan: the equivalent of $65,000 U.S. dollars.”The remains of the cash stick together by termite`s mucus …” she said.
- Termites damage century old section of WA’s Parliament House
September 17 2015, ABC News, Australia
Termites have left a $50,000 damage bill at WA’s Parliament House, with extensive repair works planned for later this year to fix a trail of destruction. The Parliamentary Services’ annual report, tabled this week, revealed the insects had caused substantial damage to the Legislative Assembly chamber.
- Under attack : termites take over forest in Adilabad
February 19, 2016, THE HINDU, India
Forests in Adilabad district, especially the vegetation in the core area of Kawal Tiger reserve (KTR), are currently under attack by termites. The stems of thousands of trees in the jungle are covered with mud layers which is a characteristic of the termites when they go attacking trees.
Apart from the above incidences, there have been many other incidences as well which shows the damage caused due to termites. The threat of termites is increasing rapidly and new species of termites are coming up due to their mating. One such incident was reported in Florida on April 1, 2015. The article says,
Termite “Superswarms” threatens South Florida- Two of the world’s most destructive termite species are swarming South Florida, and the fact that they are mating has scientists sweating. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite species are producing hundreds of thousands of winged males and females (known as alates), which are in turn creating hybrid colonies, according to University of Florida entomologists. The two species are no joke, and hybrid colonies could prove even more disastrous for homeowners. “They are the two most destructive termite species in the world,” University of Florida Entomology Professor Nan-Yao Su told FoxNews.com.
So what do we do now? Prevent them? But how?
There is an efficient solution that we at C Tech Corporation, have come up with. We have a unique product known as Termirepel™ which solves all our grievances. So let us look at some of the salient features of Termirepel™ and how it drives these mischievous termites away from our houses, offices, and workplaces.
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