Also know as white ants, termites live in colonies underneath ground level and feed on any type of wood that they find, excavating tunnels as they feed on furniture, fittings or beams.
Subterranean termites are by far the most common type of termite, and have caused a huge amount of damage to wooden structures such as beams as well as furniture and fittings inMalta. Although insurance figures are not kept on these issues, it is estimated that in Malta losses and damages from termites exceed claims for fire and water damage!
The subterranean termite colony has a highly coordinated system composed of three main varieties: workers, soldiers and reproductives. Each kind has specific responsibilities.
The subterranean variety of termite is found throughout theMalta. Termites seem to be connected to these areas as the soil medium thorough which they travel appears not only to be more abundant in these areas but also has the correct soil humidity, water sources, flood courses and other influences that assist the colonies surviving. Notwithstanding this, termites have appeared in significant numbers throughout all areas ofMaltaand Gozo and subsequently all houses and buildings are potentially at risk.
While subterranean termites are often found in homes, they actually live in the soil, and return to the soil after feeding on a home. Subterranean termites require moisture to live and will always return to their colonies in the soil.
Wood damaged by subterranean termites is often not noticed because the exterior surface usually must be removed to see the damage. However, galleries can be detected by tapping the wood every few inches with the handle of a screwdriver. Damaged wood sounds hollow, and the screwdriver may even break through into the galleries.
Treating against termite infestations is a specialized skill and one that we attribute a lot of care in managing.
Unlike other pest control treatments, eradication of this insect often requires invasive drilling or removal of fixtures to reach the problem. Our resident specialist technician holds certification as a qualified builder than enables him to correctly evaluate structural concerns from termite damage as well as all of the factors that weigh into locating and destroying localized infestations.