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The Termites: questions, answers and clarifications

2020-09-27 Carla Petta posted:

The Termites: questions, answers and clarifications

Sardinia is one of the regions most affected by Termites, specifically by Reticulitermes Lucifugus.

Every day we receive calls in which we are asked various questions about Termites and the Termites Removal Service we provide.

We have decided to draw up a list of your questions and our answers, which can help you better understand what are the characteristics of Termites and what our Termite Removal Service consists of.

How can I identify a Termite infestation?

The wood attached is recognizable by its characteristic peeled appearance, with various overlapping layers interspersed with gaps covered with the typical cement (called "replacement wood"). The colony moves in the tunnels dug in friable materials or in the characteristic earthy walkways, built with a special "cement" to proceed on hard or exposed surfaces.

Where do termites live?

Termites, specifically Reticulitermes Lucifugus, live underground. They shun light and free air, confining themselves to the stable environment of the termite mound or protected earthy walkways. Coming from the ground, they move in search of food by feeding on cellulosic materials that they find in the soil or reach directly inside the buildings (wood in place, cardboard, paper, etc.), where they are located in necessarily humid wooden structures.

What do termites eat?

Termites feed on cellulosic materials: wooden window frames; load-bearing beams; parquet; mezzanines; wooden artifacts; paper material.

How do termites get inside my home?

Starting from the ground, Termites penetrate the buildings by exploiting all the passages existing in the colonized environment: crevices in the foundations, interstices in walls or floors, electrical, hydraulic and telephone channels.

Can I replace doors that are damaged by termites?

No, as it would risk further providing the termites with nourishment. It is strongly recommended to replace the artifacts only following our intervention through the Anti-Termite Service and therefore the elimination of the termite colony.

Can I clean my house by eliminating earthy termite walkways?

Absolutely not! Termites are lucifugal insects that shy away from the light, so those earthy walkways are their refuge and their way of moving inside a home. Eliminating those earthy walkways causes termites to be disturbed and eventually partially eliminated without solving the problem at the origin. This means that our technicians will have greater difficulty in intercepting termites and consequently longer times in solving the problem.

How does the Termite Removal Service done by Gallura Disinfestazioni work?

The Termite Removal Service of Gallura Disinfestazioni is a three-phase system that includes a first phase of Monitoring and Contact with the Termite colony, a second phase of Chemical Treatment aimed at eliminating the colonies of Termites, a third phase of Surveillance and Post-treatment Monitoring.

What is the timing of the Termite Removal Service?

In order to achieve the expected result and therefore the elimination of the Termite colonies present on site, the Antitermiti Service of Gallura Disinfestazioni has a duration of 24 months and our specialized technicians intervene periodically in the period of the year in which there is termitic activity, specifically in the warm months (depending on the seasonal climatic trend).

If these FAQs were helpful to you, contact us for a free quote or send your photographic material to our email address [email protected].

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