What are termites?
Termites are insects that consume cellulose. Cellulose can be found in woods, papers, gypsum, trees, and etc. Therefore, Termites have been one of the biggest threats to home owners.
Termites are social insects, dividing into different caste as follows:
Subterranean Termites will forage for several food source, may contain around 500,000 termites in a colony. In some species, Subterranean Termites’ queen sole responsibility is to lay egg. Some species of Subterranean Termites even have several secondary reproductive caste to help laying eggs in its colony.
Consumption behavior:: 600,000 Subterranean Termites can eat 6 grams of wood per day when no other food option is available. This equals to about 50*5*10 centimeters gone in 5 months. A fully developed colony may eat the above-mentioned wood within 15 days.
Dry Wood Termites are not dependent on soil for survival. Dry Wood Termites’ nests are much smaller than Subterranean Termite thus damaging less. A Dry Wood Termites’ nest has roughly 1,000 termites, eating approximately 500 grams per year.
ปลวกไม้แห้งจะทิ้งมูลไว้Dry Wood Termites will drop fecal pellets as a sign of their infestation. These fecal pellets are left where they consume wood. The pellets are hexagonal, but the color of pellets depends on the color of wood they ate.
Dry Wood Termites’ new nest will be found when two Swarmer from different colonies mated. Once they mate, the king and queen will find a suitable wood to embed in. Unlike Subterranean Termites, Dry Wood Termites do not construct mud tubes. Therefore, most of the destruction often goes undetected.
When the infested wood piece is connected to another wood or furniture, the destruction may be extensive.
Similar to dry wood termites, Damp Wood Termites are not soil dependent. Their nests are rather small containing about 2,000 termites. Damp Wood Termites often make their nest in damp woods, hence the name.
Damp Wood Termites also have the identical behavior of leaving feces as signs of infestation. The color of the feces depends on the color of the wood they ate. Sometimes Damp Wood Termites use their own feces to seal the hole in the damaged wood; this is the major difference between damp and dry wood termites.
Building new nests. Damp Wood Termites will build new nest quietly and are often undetectable. They will burrow into the wood piece and nest in the wood piece with no mud tubes to signal their activities.
There are 2 main methods for termite treatments:
Virocare seeks to satisfy the need of our clients while choosing the method that is best for the site. Both bait system and soil treatment have pros and cons, fitting for different circumstances.
An owner of a condominium unit called us for termite service. His unit was in the higher part of the building, he was confused how termites got into his unit. Our team went in and investigate. They found infestations along floor corners. Damage was also found from his hallway to the kitchen. Furthermore, the team found potted plants placed in the balcony. These potted plants are where termites build their nest. Our team approached to spray the potted plants, and treatment along the infested cornice. After the treatment, in the follow-up session, no more termites were found.
One of our clients had recurring termite issues. He had a 3 years contract with another pest control service. The contract service offered 1 time soil treatment for the client; the rest of the service sessions were regular house-checkups. If the termites were to damage the property, the pest control company will do a spot treatment on the infestation.
The client told us that every checkup session, the service team was very swift in checking. When he informs the service team that he found termite infestations, the service team will do a spot treatment. Termites continued to infest, he informed the service team, the team came to do a spot treatment; this was the cycle. The client was suffering with the termite infestations, and with the service provider. He started to look for a new service provider… enters Virocare.
Virocare was honored to be chosen by the client. He signed a one year contract that offered a soil treatment and full treatment for the house. The treatment will be done whether or not the termite was found, preventing damages from any hidden threat. The client was very happy with the result. He continues to choose Virocare to be his pest control service provider.
A hotel client found Swarmer issue in Penthouse suite. Swarmer kept coming back, causing nuisance to the hotel customers. The hotel called Virocare for a check-up and a solution.
Our team went in to conduct an investigation, upon their examination, they found that above the suite is a spotlight for common area. The spotlight attracted large number of Swarmer. However, the hotel wanted to know how did Swarmer got into the suite. Since the door and windows of the suite were all sealed and closed, hotel’s engineering team argued that there was no way Swarmer could get in. Our service team asked the engineering team to open the ceiling for further examination. When the housekeeping department agreed for the opening, the engineering department opened up the ceiling. When the ceiling was removed, countless Swarmer wings fell down. After further investigation, they found a space between the aluminum composite, allowing Swarmer to come through.
Virocare suggested the engineering team to seal up the space, preventing Swarmer to get into the suite. The housekeepers were happy, their customer was no longer disturbed by Swarmer.
"I used to have small cockroaches in the apartment. They lived in drawers and cupboard. The juristic offers pest control service, too, and they come into solve our cockroach problems. The problem still exists. My girlfriend called Virocare. The team arrived and inspected our place. They told us the problems we were experiencing. They found eggs; cockroaches’ egg and the younger generation cockroaches that probably just hatched. After the first service treatment, the number of cockroaches reduced significantly. The service team puts several cockroaches traps in our apartment to check the pest population. These traps, we also used before they carried out service. They were always full with roaches. After the treatment, we saw the difference this time. We found the number was far less than what we had encounter. The big ones still existed, but in a much less number, less than 5 (from more than 20). The team came in once more for a follow up session. After that our apartment was roaches-free. Since we chose one-time service, after the follow up session, we still use the roaches trap to keep our eyes on them. Surprisingly, they didn’t come back. We were very happy with the outcome."