Termites are eusocial insects that typically feed on decomposing plant waste, such as wood, paper, and soil organic matter.
A bead-like antenna is one of its distinguishing features. They have a eusocial social structure with castes of workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals, which distinguishes them from all other insect species. They have soft bodies, as opposed to ants, who typically have a tougher exoskeleton. This softness is especially noticeable in the worker caste.
Are you concerned about termite damage?
If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Termites are responsible for billions of Naira in structural damage every year.
That is not anything you should be concerned about. Is it? No. I’m here to give you at least six suggestions to help you avoid termites from infesting your home.
1.Elevate Wood: Avoid circumstances where wood sections of your building come into contact with the soil to avoid termite invasions. Termites thrive in conditions where they have easy access to wood and moisture.
2. Good Ventilation: Effective ventilation in crawl spaces and attics is critical for minimizing moisture collection by providing proper airflow. Termites are attracted to damp areas, therefore decreasing dampness is critical.
3. Eliminate Excess Moisture: Excess dampness in your home attracts a wide range of pests, including termites. Removing excess moisture is essential not only for keeping termites at bay, but also for keeping other pests at bay.
4. Apply Borate to Wood Before Priming or Painting: Borate is a commonly used termite repellant. Before priming and painting, apply borate to wood surfaces. It permeates the wood, effectively preventing termites from causing damage to it.
5.Clear Wood Debris Promptly: Ensure that dead trees, stumps, and other wood debris are removed from your property as soon as possible. Yes, it is critical to avoid bringing maggots home and questioning the flies’ visitation.
6. Fix Leaks: Keep an eye out for any leaks in your home. Termites thrive in damaged roofs and walls that have excess moisture. Repair and plug any leaks as soon as they are discovered.