Termite Control Services

By Critter Ridders Pest Control

Types Of Pest We Treat:

Ant Colony Control

Sub Terranean Termite (Post / Pre - Construction)

Harvester Termites on Lawns

Rodent Colonies Prevention

Roof Rat / Mice Infestations

Cockroach Infestations

Bird | Pigeon Problems

Weed Control

Office Fumigations

Termite Species

Termites are considered to be the most destructive insect pests in the world. Many buildings and structures are damaged by these pests each year resulting in huge financial losses.

There are various different species of termites in South Africa but only a handful cause problems to properties:

Of the above, it is the Coptotermes and Cryptotermes species that are the termites that cause the most damage.

Termite Society

The basic castes in a colony are queens, kings, workers, soldiers and alates.

The function of the Queen and King in the termite colony is to reproduce. Starting out life each as an Alate, they leave their parents' colony, drop to the ground and shed their wings to seek out an environment in which to nest. They care for their young until they are able to take over the duties of the colony.

The workers make up the largest number within a colony. They do all of the work (except defend and reproduce): feeding, grooming, excavating the nest and making tunnels. In doing their jobs, they cause the destruction that affects so many homes.

Soldiers defend the colony against attack by predatory enemies such as ants, and are equipped with large jaws, sticky fluids or chemical spray to do so.

Alates are the winged reproductives that swarm out from the nest and establish new colonies. Male and females pair off and look for a suitable environment to mate. They are often confused for moths

Subterranean Termites


Castes:

Queen, king, soldier, worker, reproductive.

Nest type:

Distribution: Although found predominantly in Gauteng and the Western Cape, these termites are widely spread throughout South Africa.

This is one of the most destructive termite species in South Africa. It attacks all timber structures in buildings and damages trees.

Dry Wood Termites

Castes:

Queen, king, soldier, reproductive.

Nest type:

Dry wood termites live inside wood. If a piece of lumber is infested with dry wood termites, the whole colony is sealed inside that wood.

Distribution:

Although found predominantly in KwaZulu Natal, these termites can be found throughout South Africa.

If a piece of lumber is infested with dry wood termites, the whole colony is sealed inside that wood. Galleries are eaten from the inside out until all that is left is the outside shell of the wood, making a dry wood termite infestation very hard to detect.

Activity is usually detected when is too late and usually requires a piece of the wooden structure to be replaced as well as a large part to be treated.

Harvester Termites

Castes:

Queen, king, soldier, worker, reproductive.

Nest type:

Dampwood termites generally live in damp rotting logs or rotten pockets in dead or living trees.

Distribution:

These termites can be found throughout South Africa, infesting wood with high moisture content.


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