Insects that superficially resemble ants in size, general appearance, and habit of living in colonies; hence, they are frequently called "white ants" that lives in warm countries. Subterranean termites establish themselves in buildings not by being carried in with lumber, but by entering from ground nests after the building has been constructed. If unmolested, they eat out the woodwork, leaving a shell of sound wood to conceal their activities, and damage may proceed so far as to cause collapse of parts of a structure before discovery. There are about 2700 species of termites; but the two major ones, classified by the manner in which they attack wood, are ground inhabiting or subterranean termites (the most common) and dry wood termites, have been on this earth for more than 250 million years, long before humans.
Signs of Termite Infestation ?
Termite damages the properties costs more than millions in every year. Yet it is the most preventable of all of those disasters. In UAE municipality makes it compulsory to termite treatment for all new construction, because they fear that your home or business may be on the termite hit list, and unless you protect yourself, it will be only a matter of time before they strike!
Live termites in or around windows and doorframes. Swarmers inside the house nearly always indicate an active infestation in the structure. (The presence of swarmers outdoors in a natural phenomenon, but should warn that termites are near and possibly attacking a nearby building).
How Termites Enter the Home
Termite damage does not come solely from dining habits; structures are also damaged by tunneling and nesting activities. The most common termite, the Subterranean Termite, builds its colony up to 18 - 20 feet below the ground surface to protect it from extreme weather. These termites construct underground tunnels or above-ground shelter tubes of mud which are used to explore for food and connect their underground colony to that food source. Through such tubes, termites are able to enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil. Termites create mud tubes to protect themselves from dry air as they travel from their underground colony into the building. The tunnels tend to follow the wood grain.
Once inside, termites can infest virtually any part of your building including wood trim, wallboard, siding, even picture frames. As soon as termites discover a food source, they leave an invisible chemical trail to attract other termites and for others to follow. Termites can also enter buildings through cracks, expansion joints, hollow bricks or concrete block as around the plumbing. They can find their way into a structure though an opening as small as 1/64 of an inch. Any building, whether constructed with slab, basement or crawl space foundations, can be a target for termite infestation. Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of the wooden door and window frames, wooden support beams (often hidden), cabinets, or shelving within them.
Prevention is the best course of action when it comes to termites and your home AMPCS can provide annual inspections to make sure your home does not fall victim to untreated termite activity.
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