Suddenly one day you may notice long, pencil-thin mud tubes running up the wall of your house or building on close inspection you will notice there are yellowish-white, soft bodied insects inside the mud tubes.Termites are voracious eater of anything that contains cellulose material like wood, paper, cloth, animal matter, etc, except metal, brick or cement nothing is safe from these ever-hungry insects.They preer darkness and die if exposed to dry air therefore they make tunnels in soil or wood. They live in large colonies. Termites are tough, determined, highly efficient destroyers chances are theywill leave o evidence of their presence until structural damage has been done. Basically termites cause damage in two ways- some are wood inhabiting termites, which cause damage to wodden structures, furniture etc. lying above the ground. They make tunnels in the wood, rendering them weak and hollow from inside. It is important to detect the infestation at an early stage. The damaged wood has galleries that run along the grain and usually contain the soil particles.Others are the soil-inhabiting termites, which make tunnels in ground, damage grasses, crops, vegetation and any wooden structures coming in contact with soil. They make huge mounds inside these mounds are passages, chambers and cell for termites. During rainy season winged termites fly to new sites and set up new colonies in new areas. If you find insects with long transparent wing flying near you verandah or porch lights and if you notice a whole lot of transparent wings in your morning sweepings then that mea termites are present in your surroundings. You must take measures to control termites so that they do not settle down in and around your home.
Pre construction treatment includes application of termicide in soil before construction of plinth.Post construction treatment includes drilling holes at wall floor junctions and filling it with white cement after pouring termicide in it. Removal of superficial mud tubes and spray of termicide.