A report from Almora district of Uttarakhand has shocked the world this week where TNN Correspondent Rohit Joshi has reported the termite eating into the village and locals fleeing. The plight of the locals has created ripples across the corridors of the rulers and they have started distributing the chemicals to the locals to fight the menace.
Planting banana trees is perhaps a very effective method of termite prevention, but in this village, the infestation is so heavy that the villagers are saying that it is offering just a temporary relief because of the huge number.
While working for an industry where we help people live healthy and safe from disease carrying pests, we come across many customers who are actually looking for termite control solutions or who are asking for effective treatment for termites or simply the best termite control company in Delhi.
Most of them are simply searching termite control tips on the internet but few of them are badly hit by termite attack and are looking for the best termite solutions available on the internet. We tell all of them that prevention is better than cure and when it comes to termite infestation, the termite prevention is always preferred because it eats away your most lovely of the closets and beds.
ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO MOISTURE IN YOUR HOME
I am sure you know that human bodies are 70% water and remaining solids, you would be amazed to know that Termites are almost all water, and the first thing you can do to help control termites naturally is to reduce water from surrounding and be aware of the effects of water and to prevent from creating a habitat that termites are attracted to.
When wood is soaked or becomes moist it makes it easier for subterranean termites to munch away at it. In fact they require some moisture for them to eat away the cellulose in wood. Have you ever flipped over a wet and decaying wooden log in the open and seen a lot of “white ants” eating the bottom of the log?
The reason they are under the log and not seen from the top is because that is the part of the wood that touches the ground and is hidden from the sun and therefore the most moisture is present on the underside.
Anytime you have a leak of water in your house and you can see the water reaching wood, get alert because unknowingly you are creating a vulnerable environment that termites would love to find. A small drop or drip from a pipe in the wrong spot can moisten the wood, big time.
So do a through check of your house to make sure you don’t have big or small leaks and if you have had leaks in the past then you may want to go check around those areas for signs or evidence of termites. Also do the screwdriver tap test. Simply tap along the wood in those areas that were previously soaked with a screw driver. A termite infested area of wood will sound significantly more hollow than an area that is not infested. If you hit an infested spot you will notice the difference and if it is very sever the screwdriver might even break the surface of the wood.
The places you should investigate the most thoroughly for current leaks are anywhere that significant plumbing exists. Your kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room are usually the greatest culprits for leaks.
Another method besides visual inspection is to turn all your water off before you head out of town for the weekend and notate your water meter reading when you leave and when you return. If the meter reading has increased even though you turned the water main off then it is likely you have a leak somewhere. Find out where and seal it yourself or hire a plumber if it is anywhere near the lumber that you would like to prevent termites from inhabiting.
If you find that you have wood that has or previously had water damage and also find out that it has been infested by pests you need to determine what exactly in eating the wood. There are multiple pests that eat wood including carpenter ants and certain types of beetles. Here is a video with some good footage of termites that will help you know what you are looking for in case you are unfamiliar with termites.
Remember the main signs of termites include:
Check here for a more thorough discussion of these four signs.
The usual culprits of wood damage are either carpenter ants or termites but there are also certain types of beetles that eat wood as well.
The easiest way to tell between carpenter ants and termites is that ants have three sections to their bodies and termites only have two. Also, those sections on ants are more spherical where the body of a termite is mostly straight. If you really are having a tough time identifying them take a look at some of the pictures or videos in our gallery or do a quick google search. After you look at a few examples it’s pretty easy to distinguish the two from each other. Once you know what you are dealing with you can choose effective strategies in combating termites.
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