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Facts about termites:
The main 2 types of termites you will find are
Subterranean termites and Harvester termites.
• Subterranean Termites
Subterranean Termites under your house
Termites create the largest nests of any insect. Since subterranean
termites need moisture to survive, they build their nests in the soil.
Subterranean termite nests contain many rooms, called galleries, and are connected
by tunnels that run between the galleries. In total, a subterranean termite nest can
have a radius of 50 to 120 meters.
Termite tunnels run at a depth of between 30 cm to up to 5m underground.
They nest in the soil to obtain moisture, but they also nest in dead wood that is
They easily attack any wood in contact with the ground. If the wood does not
contact the soil, termites can build mud tunnels or tubes to reach wood several feet
above the ground.
They also tunnel into a structure through expansion joints in concrete slabs or where utilities enter the house.
What signs must I look for if I suspect subterranean termites?
Discarded wings and swarming termites.
Signs of mud or dirt coming up through skirting boards. Other wood damage also can be a sign, although it often is invisible to the naked eye. You may find damaged wood if you accidentally break through a wall or baseboard that has been damaged, or notice a hollow sound when tapping on a wall.
Mud tunnels or tubes coming from the ground up a wall or tree
Small white mushrooms growing above the ground.
Termite mounds growing above the ground in or around your property.
What must I do if I see signs of subterranean termites in my property?
Your FIRST CHOICE must be to contact so that a qualified technician will come and inspect your premises for
the best solution going forward.
Subterranean Termites are controlled in the following ways:
Pre-Construction: The foundation trenches and soil must be poisoned with a termiticide, drenching the entire
area prior to the foundation concrete slab being laid.
Post-Construction: The entire structure must be drilled every 1 meter apart through the outside perimeter wall
to reach below the floor slab and a solution of termiticide is then injected into the drilled holes.
Nests: Holes must be drilled into the nest and the nest must be flooded with a solution of termiticide.
Termites destoying wood
• Harvester termites
These are also known as flying-ants most often seen in our gardens and homes.
They are white or light brown termites approximately 1cm long with dark brown head.
They live in underground colonies and tunnels.
A single queen can lay up to 25 000 eggs PER DAY which means your lawns can be quickly
and drastically reduced to almost next to nothing in no time at all.
They are capable of removing 1 – 3 metric tons of forage per hectare.
They severely destroy grass and lawns by cutting and harvesting grass and then carrying
it into their nests.
They will reduce your lawn to bare ground if action is not taken immediately!
Harvester Termites a.k.a Flying ants
How to get rid of harvester termites!!
Aardwolf consumes 200 000 termites in 1 day!
An Aardwolf can consume up to 200 000 termites in a single night, but if you don’t have one handy, then your NEXT BEST CHOICE is to call for an effective and affordable solution!!
Due to termites’ ability to reproduce at such rapid rates, it will be necessary to drench your entire lawn and do 3 treatments at least 1 month apart. This will break their breeding cycle and will drastically reduce the termite population.