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April 22, 2022, 7:39 p.m.
Termites are not as common as your average pests like roaches and bed bugs. However, a termite infestation is a homeowners' worst nightmare! These cryptic pests are considered to be the most destructive pests in the world, causing more than $1.5 billion worth of damages each year!
There are numerous termite species in Kenya, but only a handful can wreak havoc on the structural integrity and aesthetic appearance of your home. These soil-dwelling insects silently chew the major parts of your house and cause a whole lot of damages without you suspecting their presence.
Unfortunately, termites have colonized many homes. In fact, they are quickly becoming specialists in living with humans and can go for many years undetected. Home and business owners should work closely with a professional pest control company in Nairobi to get regular termite inspections, effective treatments, and reliable termite prevention programs.
There are multiple termite species in the world. But Nairobi homeowners often deal with two main termite species- subterranean termites and drywood termites.
It's critical to identify the exact termite species invading your home as each species has unique biology and behavior that determine the type of treatment to be used.
This species is the one that commonly invades homes. Subterranean termites are responsible for the majority of termite damages in Kenya. They live in the soil and build massive nests to accommodate their large colonies.
Subterranean termites build mud tubes to provide moisture and protection from dehydration while they make their way back and forth between their nests and a food source (aka the wood in your home/office).
They feed on various wood materials like trees, fence posts, and the wooden structures in the house. Subterranean termites can build many colonies near a building, and they can all feed on the same house simultaneously, which explains the massive damages.
Drywood termites can also be quite destructive once they invade a home. However, they do not cause as extensive damages as subterranean termites do. This is partly because drywood termites colonies are relatively smaller; hence they cause damage at a much slower rate.
Drywood termites typically live in wood as their biology allows them to survive without any contact with soil. They infest numerous types of woods from the ones used in construction, wooden furniture, wooden walls, hardwood floors, and dead trees.
Because they live inside wood and silently eat away at your wooden structures, drywood termites are extremely hard to detect until the damage becomes severe and visible. One of the earliest telltale signs of a drywood termite infestation is unexplained piles of pellets (termite droppings) on the surface known as frass.
Termites severely impact the structural integrity of your home. They have special enzymes and bacteria in their guts that allow them to easily digest the cellulose in wood and wooden products.
Unfortunately, termite damages can go unnoticed for many years, allowing the pests to continuously eat away at your most valuable investment without your knowledge. It can take up to 3-8 years for termite damages to show, depending on the level of the infestation.
Some damages caused by these silent 'assassins' include:
It's important to note that the extent of damage depends on the size of the termite colony and the duration of feeding. Rafiki pest control experts are qualified and licensed to inspect homes and businesses to identify possible termite issues and treat them before they become problems.
As mentioned, termite infestation signs are hard to detect and can take up to 3 or more years to become obvious. Therefore, it's vital to get a comprehensive termite inspection by a licensed pest expert every 1-3 years to prevent the chances of termite damage.
Below are the 5 biggest signs of a termite infestation that you should keep an eye out for:
Our certified termite management professionals use an integrated pest management plan to exterminate termites effectively and efficiently. We will use a combination of highly effective treatments and baits to get rid of the destructive invaders, depending on the termite species and the severity of the infestation. Our solutions create an effective and long-lasting chemical protection barrier that prevents termites from accessing your home.