Termites are the among the most damaging structural pests in India. Commonly known as white ants, they devour large amounts of wood and all other materials that contain cellulose. Although some structures are more prone to termite attacks, every house is susceptible to a potential termite infestation. While many house owners worry about fire or flooding, termite damage is a much more common problem.
Even if your home is build mainly of brick or stone, there is a risk of termite attacks on structural support and other building elements that are constructed of wood or other cellulose containing materials. Termites are very secretive insects. Hence, it comes as no surprise that termite activities are usually recognized very late, when a lot of damage has already been done. Termite damage weakens wooden structures, and repairs can be a costly affair. In India the most commonly encountered pest termites are subterranean termites
All termites are social insects, which live in large colonies. They originate from the soil and generally enter structures undetected via hidden pathways, the so called "mud tunnels" in foundation walls and floors. They primarily live inside the soil and come out mostly to forage for feeding purposes.