Pest Guides


What are Termites?

Termites are social insects which live in colonies under the ground. They come from the soil and generally enter structures undetected via hidden pathways in floors and foundation walls and mostly live below the soil surface.

Termites are also known as “White Ants” or “Flying Ants”. There are over 2,600 species of termites worldwide. Only about 5% are significant pests to homes and buildings. In Uganda, Dampwood, and especially Subterranean termites (White Ants) cause serious threats to structures in Uganda. Read more about the characteristics of termites and how they differ from ants.

Signs of Termites

Termites will begin to emerge inside a home during the Spring season. The presence of termites in your home or their wings, which they shed, could be a sign of termites. It is essential to take immediate action at the first signs of a termite infestation.

Rentokil Termite Control can assist you, should you have detected termites inside your home. Rentokil will provide you with a termite treatment solution to get rid of termites.

What do Termites eat?

A termite’s diet primarily consists of eating cellulose. Cellulose is found in wood and plant fibre. Along with wood, termites can feed on mulch, books, paper and even insulation. Even if your home is built primarily of brick or stone, you can still find yourself with termite damage, as structural supports and other building components are constructed of wood and other cellulose containing materials.

To learn more about termites and steps to take in order to treat a termite infestation, please visit our Get Rid of Termites section.

Termite Damage

Termites are persistent and challenging pests. One only detects a termite infestation once damage has already taken place, as they find their way into any building and eat away at its structure. The worker termites cause the most damage as they gather food, construct tunnels, build nests and feed on wood and cellulose materials, favouring certain types of timbers over others - this is where they will travel far is search of food, entering your premises from the ground through to your floors and walls and into your property's structure. As they find themselves in your premises' structure they will hollow out tunnels as they continue to feed on wood. Learn more about termite damage.

To identify what type of termite infestation you are dealing with, please click on the links below to learn more:

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

Learn more about White Ants