Have you ever felt like you are fighting a losing battle when it comes to pests?
Ants. Ants everywhere. Where on earth are they coming from? Itâ€™s not even that hot. Why are they white, surely they should be brown? Maybe I should admit defeat and call in the big guns on this one? At what stage do you consider that they may not be ants, but termites?
At Rentokil, weâ€™ve seen a 16% increase in termite work over the last 2 years and, according to various global research sources, termite activity is expected to increase by a further 5.64% (CAGR) by 2026.
Whatâ€™s really concerning is that termites can go undetected for a number of years and by the time they are discovered the real damage has already been done.
When you call into Rentokilâ€™s Customer Care Centre, our trained Customer Care Advisors will ask you a series of questions in order to correctly identify your pest issue. Termites and ants look very similar and their identities are often mistaken. There are so many species of pests today, and only a trained pest technician will be able to identify, for certain, the type of pest and the treatment required to keep your property pest free. So, whether they are termites or ants, we can customise a pest control package that works for you.
One of the key factors in pest control is that over time, pests become resistant to the same treatment, and therefore it is essential to change pest formulations to get the best result possible. Rentokilâ€™s experts know their pesticides and pests and the best options to rid your home or business premises from these critters.
How do you identify termite activity:
Different termites have different modus operandi and you may notice little heaps of sawdust here and there. You may also notice â€˜mud tunnelsâ€™ which can be seen close to ceilings or floor areas. These are caused when termites excavate and push sediment out of their tunnels. Skirting boards may be hollowed out and start crumbling and termite tunnels might be visible. Lawns may become patchy and tunnel holes may become visible where termite activity has taken place. Take a look at some photographic evidence of the damage termites can cause at a clientâ€™s premises in our previous blog post.
There are a number of termite species around the world but in South Africa, the most common termites are the Subterranean termite, Drywood termite and the Dampwood termite. Termites, just like ants, have a queen and a king in a colony who are responsible for reproduction. Then there are the workers who form the largest population in the colony and they are responsible for making tunnels and excavating. The soldiers are the defenders of the colony. Alates are the winged reproductives who are the ones who leave the nest to form new colonies.
How can Rentokil prevent termites from invading your home or business:
Before you start building a new property, a pre-construction treatment can be carried out on the area on which you will build. This service involves applying a termiticide to the soil during the construction phase of your building.
This kills off any termites trying to gain access to your new building. This service comes with a 5-year guarantee and is not invasive, unlike having to treat for termites after your building has been completed. Your pest technician will be able to advise on further preventative steps to take if you are in an area with high levels of termite activity.
How to eradicate termites from your existing premises:
Once termites have gained access to your property, you may not notice them until the damage has been done. Some termite species live inside wooden structures and only once the damage is already done, will they be detected.
If this is the case, a post-construction treatment can be carried out, which means the existing ground structure needs to be treated. This could mean that holes need to be drilled into the structure at regular intervals around the perimeter and flooded with termiticide in order to eradicate the pest as quickly as possible and prevent further damage to your property.
Environmentally friendly treatments:
In times of panic, we tend to not think much about environmentally friendly treatments, weâ€™d just like to get rid of the problem. With more and more South Africans trying consciously to think of the environmental impact of the choices they make, Rentokil offers environmentally friendly treatments that are just as effective as chemical poisoning treatments.
Rentokilâ€™s range of environmentally friendly solutions includes a pre-construction treatment which is applied during the construction phase of your building and creates a barrier which prevents termites from invading your premises.
Rentokilâ€™s exterior termite baiting solution is an environmentally friendly solution whereby termite traps are placed strategically around the perimeter of your building and charged with a pesticide and a termite lure. Termites are attracted to the baiting trap and are intercepted before they can reach your building. Long lasting attractants and baits are used which are transported back to the colony, killing off the king and queen and the rest of the colony.
This treatment is self-contained and this ensures that no chemicals reach and contaminate our groundwater. It is, therefore, a completely safe option to use close to dams and other bodies of water, or at schools where children may be at risk when spraying techniques are used.
Rentokilâ€™s experts can customise the most effective options for stopping termites in their tracks or preventing them from gaining access to your new build.
Give us a call on 0800 77 77 88 for a no obligation quote
Photo by: Vyom Cossam (flickr)
Written by: Peta Florus