Ecofumitech termite control division is the leading termite treatment center in Nairobi Kenya offering inspection, detection, control and prevention of termites & termite nest from invading your home,property, compound and all types of structures. our highly trained team is ready to assist at any time

 

common signs of termites
Because so much of the damage caused by termites is within the inner walls of a structure, it can be difficult to know if you have a termite problem until it is too late. However, there are three warning signs to help you determine if you have a termite problem.

 


1.Termites, dead or alive
Winged termites are often the first sign of subterranean termite infestation. Swarming termites are attracted to light and are often found near windows, doors, vents and lighting fixtures. Experiencing a termite swarm is the most obvious indicator that your property has a termite problem. Worker termites are small, light-colored insects that move quickly when exposed to light and are the type involved in spring swarms. Even if you haven’t seen any signs of termites, check windows, heating vents, doors, in sinks and bathtubs for dead termites or termite wings.
2.Mud tubes
These termite-made tubes provide shelter for pesky termites and have a muddy, flattened appearance approximately the width of a drinking straw. Look for mud tubes along cracks, beneath flooring, around baseboards, on pipes, piers, chimneys, behind siding, plumbing and other fixtures. Mud tubes may also extend over concrete foundations and other exposed surfaces.
3. “Hollow” wood
An easy way to check for termites is to tap wood along the wall every few inches with a screwdriver handle. Damaged wood will sound hollow and, if the area is extremely damaged, the handle may break the wood’s surface. If the area is still active, you may see worker termites inside. Dark areas or blisters in wood flooring are an indicator of subterranean termite infestation. Because subterranean termites are preventable, it is a good idea to have your property regularly inspected by a trained specialist.

Professional pest control companies use three types of treatments to deal with termites: liquid barrier treatments or baiting for subterranean termites and fumigation for drywood termites. A liquid barrier treatment serves as a termite barricade around a property, preventing termites from entering. Having a liquid barrier treatment on your property, even before you see signs of termites, can help you keep your property termite free. Baiting is a preventative and curative tactic when a termite problem is already prevalent. Baiting involves giving termites a substance they take back to their nest and spread to other termites. Eventually the bait eliminates the entire colony.

 

Fumigation consists of sealing a home under specialized, weighted tarps, then dispersing a fumigant in the home that will penetrate all wood timbers, trim, finished wood and furniture, as well as hard-to-treat wall studs. This is the only way to eliminate drywood termites. Termites are organized, determined, non-discriminating creatures. They will eat wood from any property regardless of size, age or upkeep. In the pest business, it is often said that there are only two kinds of properties: those that have termites now and those that will. Remember, the best way to protect against termites is to have your property inspected on a regular basis by a reputable, professional pest control service, like ecofumitech

 


• How much damage can termites really do?
Termites are serious business for property owners, causing an estimated $5 billion in property damages and repair costs annually. In fact, termites damage more homes than fires, floods and tornadoes, meaning your house might be one of more than 4 million at risk of infestation this year.
• How do I know if I have swarming termites or winged ants?
Winged termites have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. Subterranean termite swarmers have bodies about ¼-inch in length. The swarmers quickly shed their wings after a brief flight. Winged ants have pinched waists and two pair of wings that differ in size and shape (front pair is large, hind pair is much smaller). Flying ants shed their wings like termites. Termites have wings that are all the same size. If the hind wings are much smaller than the front wings, you have ants. Collect a few and call ecofumitech to have them identified if you want to be sure.

 

Ants
• Elbowed antennae
• Narrow (pinched) waistline
• Two pairs of wings – front wings are much longer

Termites
• Straight, beaded antennae
• Broad waistline
• Two pairs of wings – equal in size
•  How can I identify a termite?
 
Termite workers are pale, soft-bodied insects about ¼-inch or less in length. They appear to have a head and body because their thorax is broadly joined to their abdomen. Their antennae are straight, just like a string of beads. Termites are mistakenly called white ants, but are not ant-like in appearance. Ants are usually heavily pigmented and have three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen. Ants also have a very narrow or pinched “waist,” and their antennae are "elbowed." Winged termites (swarmers) have pigmented bodies with broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. Subterranean termite swarmers have bodies about ¼-inch in length. The swarmers quickly shed their wings after a brief flight. Winged ants, on the other hand, have pinched waists and two pair of wings that differ in size and shape (front pair is large, hind pair is much smaller).

 

WINGED ANT PICTURE
Ants
•    Elbowed antennae
•    Narrow (pinched) waistline
•    Two pairs of wings – front wings are much longer

Termites
•    Straight, beaded antennae
•    Broad waistline
•    Two pairs of wings – equal in size
•  I have noticed some pest excrement that has fallen from the ceiling. How can I tell if it is from termites or other insects?

 

Drywood termites produce small bun-shaped pellets as excrement. This often accumulates on surfaces directly below infested areas. Evidence of activity can include small “pin holes” in the surface of the infested area and the droppings accumulating below. Winged termites, called swarmers, might also be observed. The adult reproductives swarm to start new infestations in other areas of the structure. This usually occurs between early summer and late summer. Termites are extremely well-organized and persistent in their search for new food sources. Contrary to what one might think, they will eat anything containing cellulose—wallpaper, books, boxes, carpet backing, drywall and furniture—not just wood. Termites play a useful role in nature, to help wood be recycled to the soil as humus. But when these wood-eating creatures attack wood elements in human structures—like your property—big problems are sure to follow. And they can’t be treated with a can of bug spray.

 

Termites swarm at various times throughout the year depending on geographical and weather conditions. Subterranean termites are often detected during spring swarm season when billions of winged termites fly from their nests to start new colonies. They usually swarm mid-day, most often when it is sunny and right after a rain shower. But, just because you don’t see termites does not mean your property is safe from infestation. Subterranean termites live in colonies that can house hundreds of thousands of termites, depending on its age and health. They work 24 hours a day from the inside out and are often difficult to detect since 80 percent of the wood they eat is hidden within the walls. Colonies can be active for more than five years before the damage is visible. With the capability of a large colony to consume more than two pounds of food a day, having an active colony on your property could equal thousands of dollars in damages. The only way to ensure your property is not inviting termites in is to have it examined by a professional pest control company, like ecofumitech
 
TERMITES ARE SILENT AND INVISIBLE
One of the greatest hazards any homeowner faces is termites, which cause more damage each year than fires, storms, and earthquakes combined. If ignored, termites can actually threaten the structural integrity of your house.

 

Ecofumitech Termite Control
Termites work silently and invisibly, sawing into your floor joists, cutting into your wall studs, hollowing out your woodwork and hiding the damage until it’s too late. Termites can find ways to enter your house that you’ve never thought of. They are small enough to gain entry into hidden areas of basements, crawl spaces, and concrete slabs, through openings as small as 1/32nd of an inch. Because of the high risk of termite infestation in most homes and the difficulty of keeping them out, it is essential to have a preventative ecofumitech termite treatment in place if you want to protect your home from these pests.
A. Termites can build mud tubes across many feet of concrete, brick, cinder block, treated wood, or metal termite shields into even the upper floors of a structure.
B. Termites eat wood from the inside out, often defying detection for years while doing extensive damage to the wood – and threatening the integrity of your home.

 

Termite Inspection
If you become aware of any of the signs of termite infestation, or if your neighbors have termites, call us immediately. Our trained  termite control experts will inspect inside and around your home looking for termites

 

how do i prevent termites from attacking my house

 

Subterranean termites feed exclusively on wood materials and have strict moisture requirements. With these characteristics in mind, a lot can be done to prevent an infestation by eliminating the food and moistYou may not be able to prevent termites from attacking your home without treatment, but there are certain things you can do to help discourage them. They are more likely to attack moist wood, so follow these tips on keeping your house dry:

 

  • Repair plumbing leaks.
  • Install gutters to divert rain water away from the foundation. If you already have gutters, make sure they are not clogged with debris or damaged.
  • logged or damaged gutters can cause a multitude of pest problems. Make sure downspouts direct the water away from the foundation.
  • Make sure sprinklers do not spray water toward the foundation of the house.
  • If water continually pools next to the foundation wall, you may need to re-grade the soil so that water flows away from the foundation or install a foundation drainage system (i.e. French drain).
  • Make sure the roof is in good shape, and there are no leaks.
  • Repair or replace siding and flashing that is damaged.
  • Do not store firewood, scrap lumber, or any other wooden products next to the house.
  • Do not use an excessive amount of mulch or pine straw around the foundation.
  • Keep bushes and trees trimmed away from the foundation.
  • If you have a crawlspace, make sure it has adequate ventilation and a moisture barrier.
  • Do not store items, especially wooden items or materials containing cellulose, in the crawlspace.
  • Pull all mulch and landscaping back at least 6 inches from the foundation.
  • Remove piles of trash and debris from around the home.
  • Remove dead tree stumps from the yard.
  • Keep firewood stacked away from the structure.
  • Make sure downspouts are long enough to direct water away from the foundation.
  • Keep gutters clean.
  • Avoid direct wood-to-ground contact when building porches or deck
  • Siding, brick veneer, or foam insulation should not extend below the soil grade

 

areas that are vulnerable to termite infestation. We will examine areas where termites forage for moisture and food, giving special attention to conditions which are conducive to termite attack such as cracks, voids, and spaces where wiring and utilities pass through walls and slabs. call us now for free survey 0722751820 / 0737766931

 

Comparison of Subterranean and Drywood Termites

 

 NOTE:  The bottom line with termites is that most of us have a hard time differentiating between the types of termites, and it is important to know these differences as each type is treated differently.

Eastern and Formosan Subterranean Termites

Drywood and
Some Dampwood Termites

NEST
  • In ground (20% aerial; no ground connection)
  • Travel to structures through ground
  • Make mud tubes (a covered highway) - protection from dehydration and predators when leaving ground.
NEST
  • Inside the wood they infest (structural wood; furniture); don't require soil contact
  • No mud tubes
  • Can arrive and infest from air
  • Require much less moisture than subterraneans
WINGED REPRODUCTIVES (ALATES)
  • Two dark thick veins
  • After indoor flights, dead alaates found often with wings still attached
  • Daylight swarming (native eastern subterranean termites)
  • January to May (smaller swarm in the fall)
WINGED REPRODUCTIVES (ALATES)
  • Three or four dark thick veins
  • Shed wings within minutes of landing; so usually find wings and bodies separate
  • Night swarming (most species)
  • Varies with species

Alate (reproductive)
of the West Indian drywood termite

 

Drywood Termite Wing

Drywood termite wing (note dark thick veins)

 

Native eastern subterranean termite

 

SOLDIERS
  • Rectangular head (*but see below)
  • Pronotum (hard plate on back of the exoskeleton) narrower than head
  • Mandibles don't have "teeth"
SOLDIERS
  • Head round in some species but variable
  • Pronotum (hard plate on back of the exoskeleton) wider than head
  • "Teeth" on mandibles of some species
WORKERS
  • Eat along grain of wood
  • Eat spring wood only (softer)
FALSE WORKERS
  • Eat across and along grain of wood
  • Eat spring wood and hard summer wood
FECAL PELLETS
  • Usually moist; no ridges; used to line galleries and tunnel
  • Contain lignin (undigested wood)
  • Incorporate feces into mud tubes (carton = chewed wood, feces and soil)
FECAL PELLETS
  • Dry and hard, six-sided (color varies; color not associated with type of wood eaten)
  • Rectal pads can reabsorb H2O from feces before expulsion.
  • Kick holes - where fecal pellets are pushed out from wood - see small piles on floor
Formosan Subterranean Termites
  • Large colonies (to 10 million versus a few thousand to 5 million for eastern subterranean termites)
  • Build nests made of carton (native subterranean termites don't build as much carton)
  • Nests are large rock-like masses, usually below ground, but if plenty of moisture and no extreme temperatures, can be in structures - common in chimneys and wall voids (nest fills void)
  • Swarm in evening (dusk), April-June, (smaller swarm in Fall)
  • ALATES have hairy wings
  • SOLDIERS have oval* heads with fontanelle (soft spot) on front top end (small pore)
 
Subterranean termites

Formosan subterranean termite
(Note the small hairs on wings of swarmers)

 

 

 

 

Termite Treatment in Ecofumitech

Our inspectors are well trained in termite behavior. They know where to look for termites and can determine how they got there. We will recommend the best treatment method for your particular home or business, using the top rated products available today in the Georgia termite control industry. With these advanced termite treatments, the termites actually spread the pesticide among their colony themselves, effectively exterminating the entire colony before they can begin feeding on your home. Not only will our treatment methods eradicate current termite problems, but they will protect your biggest investment for years to come. Call us today for more information about our termite control services or to schedule a free termite inspection. contact us on 0722751820 / 0737766931