Understanding Termites: Prevention, Identification, and Control

At Bon Accord Pest Control, we understand the devastating impact that termites can have on homes and businesses. As one of London’s leading pest control experts, we’ve compiled an informative guide that focuses on the comprehensive understanding of termites – their life cycle, damage potential, prevention measures, and effective control strategies.


Termites are among the most destructive pests, causing billions of dollars in structural damage annually. These relentless creatures operate under the radar, often going unnoticed until severe damage is done.

Understanding the Termite Life Cycle

The termite life cycle begins with a mating flight, wherein swarming winged reproductive termites leave their parent colony to mate and start a new one. They shed their wings, mate, and then establish a new colony, becoming the king or queen. These reproductive termites are responsible for the expansion and multiplication of the colony.

The queen termite lays eggs that hatch into larvae. These larvae eventually develop into one of three termite types: workers, soldiers, or reproductives. Worker termites are responsible for gathering food (wood), while soldiers protect the colony from invaders such as ants. The reproductives will eventually leave the colony as swarming termites to start the cycle anew.

The Hidden Damage of Termites

Termites are colloquially known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected. They feed primarily on cellulose, a component of wood, causing significant structural damage to homes and businesses.

Damage can be severe before termites are detected, as they can hollow out wooden structures and compromise the integrity of buildings. In some extreme cases, termite damage can make buildings entirely unsafe for occupation.

Preventing Termite Infestation

Prevention is always the best strategy when it comes to termite control. Here are some preventive measures:

  1. Moisture Control: Termites are attracted to moisture, so fix any leaky faucets, water pipes, and HVAC units.
  2. Proper Ventilation: Many homes have a sub-floor area that can tend to get damp. Ensure this area is well ventilated to discourage termite invasion.
  3. Regular Inspection: Regular inspection by a pest control professional is essential to detect early signs of termite activity.

Effective Termite Control

If termites have already made their way into your property, professional pest control services are your best solution. Pest control experts, like us at Bon Accord Pest Control, have access to professional-grade termite control treatments. These include termiticides, bait systems, and other advanced techniques.

Remember that it’s crucial to address the infestation quickly to minimise damage. Termites are not a pest that can be effectively handled with DIY solutions; professional intervention is often necessary for complete eradication.

At Bon Accord Pest Control, we not only help you eliminate the existing termite infestation but also provide solutions to prevent future infestations. Our team is trained in the latest termite control techniques, ensuring your property is protected from these destructive pests.

In conclusion, understanding the termite life cycle, recognizing the signs of infestation, implementing prevention strategies, and employing effective control measures are crucial in combating termite infestations.

Bon Accord Pest Control is always ready to provide expert advice and efficient services when dealing with termites or any other pest infestations. Your peace of mind and safety are our top priorities. Feel free to reach out to us for any pest control needs or advice – we’re always happy to help.

Karin HarndenKarin Harnden
17:14 05 May 24
We thought we had bedbugs but could find no evidence apart from what we thought were bites. I called Bon Accord and Gabriel was there within a couple of hours. He told us we had carpet beetle. Finding the evidence and showing us photos of the skin reaction which was exactly what we had. He advised and returned at a time to suit us to spray which was done thoroughly and efficiently. No sign of the little critters returning. Thank you Gabriel.
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21:02 11 Apr 24
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19:11 03 Apr 24
Top-notched pest control service!! Went above and beyond to eradicate the rats from our property. Gabriel even offered to further investigate the infestation issues for our neighbours. We found him to be extremely professional and easy to work with. We highly recommend Gabriel to anyone in need of pest control.
23:29 02 Apr 24
Gabriel provided great service , responded quickly on an emergency for pest infestation, professional and friendly. No more pests at home.
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21:53 02 Apr 24
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10:54 24 Feb 24
Gabriel turned up with an hours notice one evening and immediately identified the issued. He works efficiently and professionally throughout with timely follow-ups to ensure the problem was resolved. Once completed he was kind enough to continue to check in to see that the issue had gone. Having had Rentokil previously that spent two years doing very little this was a complete breathe of fresh air and solved the problem in less than two weeks. We are grateful and would highly recommend his services.
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20:26 20 Feb 24
We were lucky to have found Bon Accord, they responded very fast to our request and Gabriel was very helpful and informative. He made several visits and did his absolute best until the mice problem we had was gone. Highly recommended.

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