Customer Education about Termite Control
Why worry about Termites?
Termites cause heavy damage to residential houses and commercial buildings each year in Lahore, Pakistan. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. Termites can injure living trees and shrubs, but more often are a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. While termites may infest buildings at any time, they are particularly relevant when buying or selling a home. Besides the monetary impact, thousands of winged termites emerging inside one's home are an emotionally trying experience — not to mention the thought of termites silently feasting on one's largest investment.
Why are termite infestations often discovered in the spring?
Spring typically is when large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge inside homes. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air. The swarmers then drop to the ground, shed their wings, pair off with a mate, and attempt to begin new colonies in the soil. Termite swarmers emerging inside a home are incapable of damaging wood and only live for about a day. Removal can be accomplished with a broom or vacuum.
How will I know if my home is infested with Termites?
Discovering winged termites indoors almost always indicates an infestation warranting treatment. Since the swarmers are attracted to light, they often are seen around windows and doors. People often confuse winged termites with ants, which tend to swarm at the same time of year. Termites have straight antennae, a uniformly thickened waist, and wings of equal size. Conversely, ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists, and forewings that are longer than the hind wings.
Swarms of termites emerging from tree stumps, woodpiles, etc. out in the yard are not necessarily cause for concern, and do not automatically mean the house is infested. On the other hand, if swarmers are emerging next to the foundation or from abutting porches or patios, there's a good chance the home is infested as well.
Other signs of infestation are earthen “mud” tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, etc.The mud tubes are typically about the diameter of a pencil, but sometimes can be thicker. Termites construct the tubes for shelter as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. To help determine if an infestation is active, the tubes may be broken open and checked for the presence of small, creamy-white worker termites. If a tube happens to be vacant, it does not necessarily mean that the infestation is inactive; termites often abandon sections of tube while foraging elsewhere in the structure.
Termite-damaged wood is hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects (e.g., carpenter ants) will not have this appearance. Occasionally termites also bore tiny holes through drywall or plaster, accompanied by bits of soil around the margin. Rippled or sunken traces behind wall coverings can also be indicative of termites tunneling underneath.
Oftentimes there will be no clear indication of infestation. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions. Termite feeding and damage can even progress undetected in exposed wood because the outer surface usually remains intact. Confirmation of termites often requires the keen eye of a professional -- however, even the most experienced inspector can overlook signs that are hidden. Only an expert can say if your house needs termite treatment only or complete termite proofing.
Can I perform termite treatment or termite proof the house myself?
It’s best not to for home infestations. Ridding a home of termites requires special skills. A knowledge of building construction is needed to identify critical areas where termites are likely to enter and where termite treatment is required. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as powerful masonry drills, large-capacity spray tanks, and long metal rods for injecting soil. A typical termite treatment may involve hundreds of gallons of a liquid pesticide, known as a termiticide, injected into the ground along the foundation, beneath concrete slabs, and within foundation walls.
Which termite control method is most effective?
There are two general categories of termite treatment -- liquids and baits. Liquid termiticides have been around for many decades. Their purpose is to provide a long-lasting “barrier” in the soil that prevents termites from entering and infesting buildings. In most cases, termites already within the building die off as well, since they cannot return to the soil for supplemental moisture. Most former liquid termiticides were repellent rather than lethal to termites foraging in the soil. Safe Havens Enterprises termiticide, PROTECT, is non-repellent and termites tunneling into treated areas are killed. Such products are usually more reliable for termite control lahore infestations in the first attempt. Please contact us before you choose to perform any termite control method in Lahore.
Does the whole house need termite treatment or just treat where they see termites?
Subterranean termite colonies may contain many thousands of individuals foraging in numerous directions. For this reason, localized "spot" termite treatments are usually a gamble except in cases of warranty- related retreatment. Most reputable pest control companies in Lahore will not warrant spot treatments, since it is likely that termites will eventually find other points of entry into the building.
Many termite control companies do offer what are termed "perimeter" applications of termite proofing, using a liquid product such as PROTECT. Typically, this involves termite treatment around the entire exterior of the home, and spot treating any infested or high-risk interior areas. Due to the reliability of such termite treatments, Safe Havens Enterprises also offers a warranty in the event termites return.
How long will the termite treatment last in Lahore?
All liquid termiticides are supposed for termite control for at least five years when applied according to label directions. The duration of control on any given home will depend on several factors, including: which termiticide product was used, thoroughness of application, area of application, local environmental conditions and density of termites on the property. If termites swarm and continue to infest the structure the year following termite treatment, it is not from degradation of the termiticide— but rather, because the pests have found an untreated gap in the chemical barrier.