Subterranean termites can cause the most damage of any termite species. These termites build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as “mud tubes,” to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. They eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, using their saw-toothed jaws to bite off small fragments of wood one piece at a time. Over time, subterranean termites can critically damage a building structure, sometimes causing a total collapse.



Drywood termites infest dry wood, like that found in attic framings. They can be transported to new locations via an infested piece of furniture, a picture frame, etc. Drywood termites can chew through support beams, floors and walls, causing expensive home repairs. In fact, drywood termites and other termite species cause a collective $5 billion in property damage each year.



Dampwood termites are usually found in logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts and utility poles. Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of their need for excessive moisture. However, care must be taken to avoid attracting dampwood termites to a structure, as they can cause serious property damage. These termites create a series of chambers in wood, which are connected by tunnels with smooth walls, as if sandpapered.

Termites cost Ksh 2B every year.

Termites are one of the most expensive pests to control once an infestation is established. An average of 200,000 homes in Africa are damaged by termites each year. Termites cause so much destruction because they can go for years chewing their way through homes without being detected. Identifying signs of termites in your home like discarded wings, swarming termites, mud tubes, frass, and termite damaged wood early is critical in helping to prevent destruction of the structural integrity of your home. This damage costs anywhere from $1 billion to $5 billion each year in treatment and repair costs.

How much does a termite treatment cost? That depends on a number of factors including the size of the colony, the type of termite, and the severity and location of the damage. Most termite control professionals will take into account the size of the structure to be treated, if the structure has damp or dry wood that is encouraging termite colonies to flourish, the extent of the infestation, and the type and number of treatments required when formulating a quote. There are several different methods of treating termites, each with its own benefits and ability to work for a specific species of termite. 

  • Termites feed on cellulose in the wood.
  • Even steel-framed buildings are susceptible to termite attack if there’s a good supply of food inside. 
  • Warm, damp places inside buildings such as leaking roof cavities, walls with leaking pipes, and dank basements are most attractive to termites.
  • A termite queen will produce one egg every three seconds, averaging about 30,000 eggs PER DAY.
  • Termites shared the world with dinosaurs

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