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Understanding Termite Treatment and Contracts

Understanding Termite Treatment and Contracts

So you have a termite problem, or maybe you just want to prevent one. You call two or three local companies to come out and give you a quote. They all give you different prices and different types of treatments to choose from. How do you know which one to choose? Well, first of all, it depends on what type of termites you have.

In most cases in Nairobi, you will either be dealing with a Drywood Termite or a Subterranean Termite. And to complicate Subterraneans a little further, you may either be dealing with a Native, Eastern or Formosan Subterranean Termite.

Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites generally fly into the structure or they can be brought into the structure in furniture, flooring and commonly, in new kitchen cabinets. The queen, king and the entire termite family (called a “colony”) spend almost their entire life cycle inside sound, dry wood. Only during brief swarming flights do young adults leave their homes to begin new colonies, usually pretty close to their previous home.

Drywood colonies are not large, only about 4,800 members. The problem occurs when they start multiple colonies inside one structure. These colonies may be located inside the walls where we cannot get to them to eliminate them.

If you have one or two places with Drywood Termites, and we can get to them, we recommend a “spot treatment” using an undetectable product. This is where the product is injected directly into the galleries, which is where the termites live. The termites pick up the product on their bodies and it is passed throughout the colony until they are all dead.

If you have several areas where there are Drywood termites, or if we are unable to locate the galleries, we recommend that you have the entire house “tented.” With tenting, you must leave the home for two or three days while tarps are placed over the home. Fumigation gas is injected inside the tarps and the gas creeps into every little nook and cranny in the home, killing any termites that may be living in there, even inside the walls. Once the tent is removed and the home is aired out, there is no more gas or residue left inside the home and it is safe to go back inside. The only drawback with tenting is the fact that once that gas is gone, termites can come right back again and infest the home. There is nothing to stop them.

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