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April 22, 2022, 7:34 p.m.
We don't mean to disrespect mosquitoes (which are actually humanity's greatest foe), but termites earn the title of the most destructive pests in the world! Not only because they bore through wood and ultimately destroy its structural integrity, but because they are tough to spot and even harder to eliminate on your own.
Termites infest in large colonies, which generally contain anywhere between sixty thousand to one million termites. This means that their damages are often extensive and severe. Sometimes termite damages can cost property owners hundreds of millions in repair! Unfortunately, Mombasa's warm and moist climate is ideal for termites. Additionally, the conditions within Mombasa homes are optimal for termite infestations.
Rafiki Pest Control has been exterminating termites and protecting Mombasa homes from infestations for more than 20 years. Our team in Mombasa boasts unparalleled knowledge, experience, and professionalism in providing Integrated Pest C
control services for residential and commercial clients in the hospitality, workplace, government, and healthcare industries.
Sometimes referred to as 'white ants, ' termites are pretty tough to control, and their signs are even harder to spot. These silent destroyers can multiply at a very rapid rate in humid climates like Mombasa's.
It's not uncommon for termites to hide in your home or business for years without you noticing. That's because they have a habit of eating wood from the inside out. This means that even the exposed wood that you see every day in your home could be hollowed on its inside but looking completely fine on the outside.
It's true that these masters of hiding eat wood to survive, but they also bore holes to create their galleries. Worker termites have incredibly strong mandibles that chew through each layer of wood to expand their galleries as the colony grows bigger.
So, how do you know if your property is infested with termites? There are five major clues:
Termite swarmers are one of the most obvious signs of a termite infestation. When a termite colony has matured, usually once or twice a year, it sends out the reproductive termites to start new colonies. This reproductive male and female termites are known as alates/swarmers. It's pretty rare to see termite swarmers. But should you see these winged, straight-waisted 'white ants,' you can be certain that you have a full-blown termite infestation, or maybe there is a mature colony nearby.
After swarmers have invaded a home and successfully mated, they shed their wings, ready to start a new colony. You will commonly find these translucent wings stacked together on places like window sills, foundation walls, and decks/patios.
Wood termite damages often appear similar to water damage. If termites have infested your property, you will notice rotting/decaying wood, swollen floors and ceilings, and visible mazes within your furniture.
If you break part of a stump or any furniture you suspect has been infested and see a mass of little white 'ants,' the high chances are that those are termite workers.
Mud tubes are tiny particles of soil that subterranean termites build to connect their colonies to their food source, aka your wood. Mud tubes, also known as galleries, protect termites from harsh environmental conditions like the sun.
There are many DIY termite control methods and products available on the market today. And while many DIY measures are rumored to be effective, that doesn't mean that you should make termite control a DIY mission.
Termites are notorious not only for damaging homes but also for being quite difficult to inspect and exterminate. When it comes to termites, people can quickly identify them because of their distinct characteristics, like having a pale brown soft body with neither eyes nor wings.
But what most people do not know is that these destructive creatures exist in numerous species. In fact, there are nearly 2,000 known termite species today, each of which requires a unique method to exterminate successfully.
Unfortunately, most DIY termite control methods are demanding, messy, time-consuming, and often unsuccessful. Termites are also known to create satellite colonies, most of which DIY measures fall short of getting rid of. So, when should you call a termite control professional? Right answer? Long before you notice any termite damages and as soon as you suspect an infestation.
Whether you have an active termite infestation, want to know if you are infected, or you're a proactive homeowner looking to prevent termites, you should call Rafiki Pest Control. Our professionals are highly trained and backed up with many years of experience eliminating termites and ensuring they never return. Of course, we insist that prevention is the best way to deal with termite problems and avoid termite damage. Contact us right away to create a chemical protection barrier around the perimeter of your home.
Termites are a severe and expensive pest problem for most home and property owners here in Kenya. These pests alone can cause hundreds of thousands in property damages every year, a cost rarely covered by most homeowners insurance plans. That's because insurance companies consider termite damages preventable with regular maintenance.
Unfortunately, most property owners are not trained in effective routine maintenance. Hence they are vulnerable to termite infestation. Luckily, our certified professionals will thoroughly inspect your entire property and apply registered products to kill and keep termites away. Rafiki Pest Control termite control plan ensures that these pests are not a threat to your property at all! Give us a call today, and we will give you back a termite-free home.