How to Get Rid of Termites in Kenya
Termites are the most destructive insects living on planet Earth. A Scientific study estimates these invasive creatures to cost the world over $ 100 Billion a year.How much destruction termites can bring to your home depends on the size of a colony, type of termites and weather conditions.Experts estimate that a group of 60,000 termites can eat one foot of 2*4 beam in five months. This may not seem much but considering that they can do this silently without you noticing shows the trouble you may be facing.
Termites are known to multiply at a threating speed. A termite queen is known to drop one egg every three seconds. In a day it averages 30,000. And if you consider the fact that a female lives up to 20 years, that could be 219,000,000 eggs a year.
There are over 2,000 known species of termites in the world. All these are categorized according to where they like to stay.
In Kenya the most common are 3 types:
1. Subterranean termites
2. Dampwood termites
3. Drywood termites
These are the most common and contribute to the major destruction that we face. They like living in colonies underground where they form a nest around their queen.
They create soil tubes connected to food sources such as trees, fence posts and timbers inside our houses
As their name suggests, this type of termites lives in wood with high moisture content.They don’t require contact with soil and you rarely find them in our houses because most of the timber around as is usually dry.
Drywood termites are master silent destroyers. While they usually don’t live in large colonies like their subterranean counterparts, the fact that they don’t necessarily need contact with soil makes them very dangerous.
They usually get into roofs targeting the ceiling by flying. Their activity is pretty silent. You maybe surprised to notice them super late when they have already eaten into a big portion of your ceiling.
To identify termites, you need to have attention to details. Since termites are big enough to be seen with naked eyes, you don’t really need special viewing equipments like lenses.
Here’re some signs you should be keen on:
● Soil tubes
As noted above, termites like building structures like soil tubes. This tubes are made of pretty fine soil and they lead to their main food sources like trees, timber in your house or fencing posts.
You should not, however, confuse termites soil tubes with those created by black ants. It’s actually easy to do this because both of them look similar. To tell them apart, you need to break the soil tubes and look inside. Seeing is believing. Black ants are of course much tiny and black while termites are slightly bigger and brownish in color.
● Raised mounds of soil with nests on top If you see some unevenness – usually raised mounds of soil – that doesn’t look anything close to the beautiful and flat landscape you expect, then you might be having termites.When termites are looking for a safe haven for their queen, they dig deep into the soil bringing
the digged portion of soil on top. They then cover the holes created with a thin layer of soil that look like nests.
These holes usually appear like they lead to separate destinations but all of them actually lead to the same place inside. They converge deep inside at the queen’s bedroom.
● Insect wings around the compound
Similar to other insects, termites get into your compound by flying. They then drop their wings and start looking for ideal places within the compound to dig and enter.If you see these type of wings dotting your compound then you may be in trouble.
Has this ever happened to you?
You wake up one morning and find all the signs I mentioned above. Maybe you even see actual termites crawling your garden.
So you rush to the nearest agrovet shop and ask for the best chemical to kill this creatures. You apply as directed by the attendant and relax hoping you’ve solved the problem.
One week down the line, you see fresh termites nests exploding again. At the back of your mind you know too well that if you leave them stay any longer they might cause an irreversible level of destruction at your beautiful home.
So the next step is to frantically look for an expert to help you sort the mess.
Truth is, these are the typical situations we usually experience here at Intex Pest. The best way to handle termites is to call an expert right from the start.
Because even if you have the best chemicals, you might lack special equipment, expertise or experience to handle it. At Intex, we’ve got the best equipment, expertise and experience to handle even the most complicated types of infestations
Being affected by termites can happen to anyone. The first step in handling it is usually to know
whether its Subterranean, Drywood or Dampwood.
The next safest step is always to contact a professional pest control company, ask them if they’ve handled such cases before if yes, let them help you deal with it the most professional level.
If you are struggling with termites now, we encourage you to reach out to us now so we help
you handle it in the most professional way.