Termites - Pest

What are they?

Termites are commonly known in Jamaica as “duck ants”, “rain flies” or “chi chi”. They are soft-bodied social insects with chewing mouthparts that help them to feed chiefly on wood, from which they obtain cellulose.

There are at least 300 species of termites that are considered pests.

Why are they pests?

Termites are considered pests when they are destructive to man-made wooden structures and stored crops. Their colonies will eat non-stop 24/7s.

Are they dangerous?

Termites are the most destructive pests of wooden structures and fixtures worldwide that lead to losses that run into millions of dollars annually. Soil-dwelling termites, also known as subterranean termites, are the most destructive of the termite species and are dangerous for wooden structures.

Why do I have them?

Termites can survive on dead plants and trees and wood. Subterranean termites, one of the most destructive, can tunnel underground and into your home. Because wood is so abundant, it is difficult not to have termites in your yard/home, especially if you live in an area prone to termite infestation.

Where are they found/how do I know that I have a termite infestation?

Termites colonies can be found in the earth in your yard, their tunnels spanning for miles. They are also found within the walls of your home/business and in wooden furniture/fixtures. Because they are hidden within these areas it can be difficult at times to notice that you have a termite issue until it has escalated into a full-blown problem.

A termite colony can make itself known from the swarming of winged termites who are attracted to lights. There are also the visible signs of termite trails – mud tubes – on the walls or other exposed services, or in hidden crevices or corners. You can also knock on wooden surfaces and if it sounds hollow when it shouldn’t then you may have a termite infestation.

How Can I prevent them?

Once you have concerns that you may have a termite problem, it is best to contact a professional pest control company. Following their treatments, you can take steps to reduce the recurrence of an infestation. This includes reducing the prevalence of certain conditions which attract termites, for example, water sources such as dampness from leaking faucets. Additional termite prevention methods include treating the soil to build a barrier in your yard, using wood that has been properly treated and shielding the building using metal or concrete to prevent entry.

How do I get rid of them?

Termite treatments are based on the type of termites that have infested your property. You, therefore, need a professional to identify the specific termite species and advise of the best plan of action for their removal. A professional pest control company such as RYMO will provide a targeted pest control solution to treat and prevent termite infestations.

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