Termites inhabit Earth for 250 million years. They are, therefore, a true phenomenon of survival.
They are established around the globe and include some 2,600 different species. Usually they group into three main sets: wet wood termites (Kalotermes), dry wood termites (Cryptotermes) and Subterranean termite (Reticulitermes).
Termites live in colonies, with a social structure very similar to ants: a queen, sexed neotenous to take the place of the queen on lost, soldiers and workers.
They feed on cellulose (wood and books), mainly subterranean termite (Reticulitermes lucifugus): it’s the most common species found in the Iberian Peninsula. Its nest is located in the basement of houses and through the main they access door frames, wooden beams, furniture and wall-attached libraries that are also in the same circumstances.
The Reticulitermes lucifugus, is apprehensive to light and when they find an obstacle, they often build small and very characteristic ground tunnels. This circumstance makes it particularly difficult to detect termites as we find out when it literally disintegrates when a door frame or spring-summer, when hundreds of winged specimens out of small cracks in search of new settlements.
A termite veteran colony can easily have tens of thousands of individuals and it’s not exceptional to find 100,000 or 200,000 colonies of termites.
CONTROL SYSTEM INHIBITORS CHITIN BAITS. EXTERRA.
This method is very effective and safe. It consists in intercepting the colony with baits that lead to an active ingredient which destroys the mound without any risk to humans.
a) Analysis: A snapshot of the places where termites have activity inside and outside the house is made.
b) Placement of baits / Interception phase: Once baits are placed we proceed to connect the colony with them.
Image: Process of interception.
c) After connecting the colony with our baits, we proceed to the elimination phase, which usually lasts about 6 months.
d) Monitoring: It is a further monitoring to verify that the colony is controlled.
TRADITIONAL CHEMICAL CONTROL SYSTEM
It involves placing an exclusion chemical barrier by injecting biocide in the main walls of the house.
a) Previous Inspection: Study of characteristics similar to the previous one.
b) Treatment: the method is performed by injection of biocide in areas affected by the attack and surrounding areas too.
c) Monitoring: Usually performed after one year and allows us to determine the effectiveness of treatment.
Not surprisingly, termites and ants share the same living space in our homes. If they are together, they can declare war on each other. Termites usually lose it and will leave ants living spaces.