Termite information

The Formosan Subterranean Termite

(Coptotermes formosanus) is an invasive species of termite. It has been transported worldwide from its native range in southern China.

The Formosan subterranean termite is often nicknamed the super-termite because of its destructive habits due to the large size of its colonies and its ability to consume wood at a rapid rate. A single colony may contain several million individuals (compared with several hundred thousand termites for other subterranean termite species) that forage up to 300 feet (100 m) in soil. A mature Formosan colony can consume as much as 13 ounces of wood a day (about 400 g) and can severely damage a structure in as little as three months. Because of its population size and foraging range, the presence of a colony poses serious threats to nearby structures. Once established, Formosan subterranean termites have never been eradicated from a country or geographic area.    To better control the population of termites, various methods have been developed to track termite movements. One early method involved distributing termite bait laced with immunoglobulin G (IgG) marker proteins from rabbits or chickens. Termites collected from an area could be tested for the IgG markers.  Several recently developed, less expensive methods include tracking the termites using  various protein based substances are now often used. Accurate tracing is vital for elimination. The Exterra system we use is effective, its the number one sytem and used around the world.

Intellipest staff are trained, equipped and able to examine, plan, observe, control and eliminate termites in residential, commercial properties such as restaurants, hotels, houses, industrial sites and food storage facilites.

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Here’s how Intellipest does it.

Starting in the ground. The first step is to install In-ground Stations around your property where termites are likely to be foraging for food. The Stations contain termites preferred food types or under the concrete. If your property is surrounded by concrete, then the In-concrete Station is used. This has a cap that seals flush with the ground. Inside your home, above-ground Stations are the preferred approach when termites are already in your home. Bait stations are placed in the safe and sealed Station when it is installed. Above-ground Stations speed up the process of colony elimination. After the termite colony is eliminated, the Above-ground Stations are removed. When the termites are intercepted, Termites are easily detected in the stations once seen without disturbing them, and now the bait goes to work. Termites enjoy the bait, leading to the colony’s quick demise. The termites feed on the bait and take it back to the colony where it is fed slowly throughout the entire colony. Since the termites die gradually, they do not associate the colony’s demise with the consumption of bait This ensures that the entire colony is eliminated. The colony is eliminated. To protect you against the constant threat from new termite colonies or other established colonies, the System works on an ongoing process of monitoring, baiting and eliminating which constantly keeps termites at bay.

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