Harvester and Subterranean Termites


There are two distinct species of termites in South Africa commonly known as Harvester and Subterranean Termites. Harvester termites are commonly/generally found in gardens and Subterranean termites are timber/wood eaters. So, if you notice little mud tubes in the soil it could possibly is Harvester termites. In summer, should your lawn seem to be fading from green to yellow (winter grass), there is a high possibility of Harvester termites burrowing as per the image. Should your trees seem to be shedding its bark unexpectedly then you may have Subterranean termites eating away as per the image as well.

Termites belong to the insect order Isoptera, even though they are not related to ants, they are referred to as ‘white ants’ due to their behavior of living in large colonies. A major difference between ants and termites lies in the shape of their bodies. Termites have a uniform broad body without any constrictions. Termites feed on a variety of cellulose containing material such as wood, bark, leaves, fungi and grass. Subterranean termites need wood for food and soil for moisture. Wood in contact with soil is ideal for termite development, in the case of houses built of brick and concrete slabs, infestation occurs through expansion joints, cracks and utility and plumbing openings.

How to get rid of Termites?

  • Harvester termites hate the Sun. Ensure your garden is maintained regularly.
  • Inspect trees in your garden regularly for dry and eroding bark.
  • Ensure that there are no leaks of any kind in your roof or in and around your home
  • Ensure that your skirting is always dried properly when washing floors and walls
  • Ensure that laminated floors are cleaned with the correct equipment
  • Ensure that your wood is treated and maintained so it does not get damp in any way.
  • Keeping the temperature low in your home is also a good way of keeping them from entering.

Termite Control will depend on the type of termite found on your premises. This is done by a trained technician like Eco-Smart Pest Control. Termites vary according to the location of the home of office.

Take note, they cause structural damage to the exterior of your home as well. Ever wonder why your beautiful garden lamps never last? Eco-Smart Pest Control recently treated the runway at an airport. The reason for this is that Termites were chewing through the runway light fixtures and chewing the bulbs. These runway lights cost a pretty penny; however, they contacted us to treat the area.

Did You Know? The Queen termite lays a new egg every 15 seconds, which equals to about 30 000 eggs a day.

The Mud-tubes which they construct can cause severe damage to your property and the surrounding areas. Termites started to damage the runway we were working on due to these mud-tubes, so think about what they can do to your foundation of your home. Termite Control – How do I know I have termites in my house? Wood damage is usually found behind and below surfaces like floors and walls. Termites basically cause damage to the wood in your home; they chew it looking for cellulose. As time goes by, the wood weakens causing structural damage.

Eco-Smart Pest Control

 

We offer green solutions to your Pest Infestations, Tree Care and Lawn Care needs. The green protection is a system to utilize only the highest quality of environmentally friendly methods and materials through our eco-smart elimination.

  • We do fumigation of grain and other dry commodities
  • Fumigation of building and warehouses
  • Fumigation in restaurants against cockroaches
  • Control of rodents and similar pests.
  • Termite control in gardens, buildings etc.

HACCP Food Safety Principles are applied on food premises.

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