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Termite Services

 

Show us the area(s) of concern and we will perform a free limited inspection that is usually non-invasive.
Many times these areas require only small local, low cost treatments.

Letting these existing problems compound over time does not make good sense.

Drywood Termites

 

 

With Alpha's Termite Radar, we can now detect all infestations inside your walls. You no longer have to tent to eliminate termites.
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Subterranean Termites

 

Your second most important asset you have!!

Your home...

...of course, your family is first.

Here at Alpha Ecological Pest Control we pride ourselves in giving our customers a professional and friendly service together with advice based on what is right for you. Each home owner has different needs and requires an idividual approach to their pest management. One thing they all have in common though is the need to have regular termite inspections.

The building code  highly recommends 6 monthly and no longer than 12 monthly inspections of properties. Here in Alice Springs we highly recommend 6 monthly inspections for high risk properties. How do i know if my home is high risk you ask?

There are some things that you can assess yourself to see if you fall into this category. These are; do you live in Alice Springs and...

1. Is your home built on a slab?
2. Are the walls built with a timber frame?
3. Is your roof truss made from timber?
4. Does any timber contact the ground and attach to the house?
5. Has it been more than 12 months since your last inspection?
6. Does your property have large trees or are there any nearby?
7. Has there been any previous termite treatment done?
8. Are there any garden beds adjacent to the home?
9. Is there any prolonged moisture (leaks etc) around the home?
10. Are you aware of any neighbours that have a problem?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions then unfortunately you fall into the high risk category, don’t panic.



Alpha termite control services Kenya provides premier termite control in Nairobi and all-over Kenya for both home-owners and businesses to protect their properties.

Termites are of great value in nature as they help break down cellulose and create rich soil. Fallen trees and old logs are broken down into nutritious soil enrichments. But when termites get near or into our structures, they must be controlled. Termite extermination,  annual cost of termite damage to buildings in KENYA is greater than that of fires, storms and floods combined according to researchers.

Termites is the common name of a group of chemically complex insects that live in communities as ants do. They have long been known as white ants however this is not entirely accurate for termites are like ants only in their habits of living together and that they are small in size. Actually termites are more closely related to cockroaches and grasshoppers.
Termites digest wood, paper , and other material containing cellulose, with aid of protozoain their bodies. They do much damage in tunnelling through the wood work of houses destroy books and furniture , and do great damage by tunnelling through fence posts, trees, timbers of wooden buildings, bridges ,trestles , and other structures. In houses they eat, cloth furniture, books and paper. 

 

 

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Summary of Professional Termite Control Methods  

INITIAL INSPECTION & REPORT requires a complete thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds, and a detailed written report on areas inspected, evidence found of termite activity, high risk termite entry areas inaccessible to inspection and termite control options and limitations thereto. Recommended as essential.
CHEMICAL SOIL TREATMENT around the perimeter and sub-floor of a building to eradicate termites attempting to gain entry into the building through a treated soil area. On the grounds of safety and effectiveness Termidor or Premise termiticide, are recommended for this purpose - discussed in detail later in this website.
TERMITE BAITING and potential TERMITE COLONY ELIMINATION involves the installation and monitoring of termite bait stations, such as Exterra and Sentricon systems. This method relies heavily on the termites "finding" and consuming sufficient bait. Recommended in some circumstances.
BUILDING MODIFICATIONS and MAINTENANCE including some termite risk reduction measures the homeowner carry out, such as, improving sub-floor ventilation, removal of timber in contact with the soil, opening and clearing important inspection access areas.
Regular FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS are essential and should be carried out at least every 3 to 6 months where signs of termite activity has been located in the vicinity of susceptible buildings or timber structures.

 

Initial Inspection of Buildings & Surrounds

 

FIRSTLY, it is essential for the termite controller to complete a thorough inspection of the buildings and surrounds. The property owner should be supplied with a written inspection report and detailed specifications for an integrated termite control program. It is essential that the inspection and report be received before any protective measures are commenced.
A professional termite inspection and report, including a termite control protection advice costs vary depending on the size of the house and the style of construction and ease of inspection access.

 

 
termites in your house? A professional termite inspection and report could save you thousands of dollars.
Specific areas inspected should include accessible timbers within the crawl space in the sub-floor, roof void, interior, exterior, garden landscaping, fences, other timber structures and trees in the locality.
 
Chemical Soil Treatments
 
CONSUMER NOTE: Most home-owners are unaware that their general home insurance policy does NOT cover termite damage to structural timbers. However, appropriate professional indemnity insurance is available to professional pest controllers to cover termite damage to structural timbers in a building caused by subterranean termites gaining entry into the building through an abutting chemical soil treated area.
If there are termites in the building, at the time of chemical soil treatment, they cannot safely return to their central colony nest through the chemically treated soil. Termites are compelled to return every few days to their central colony nest in the ground to obtain moisture essential for their survival and to feed and groom the nymphs (young termites), the king, queen and other termites.
The installation of a chemical soil barrier requires expert knowledge and specialized equipment to form a complete and continuous barrier to protect the building from a termite entry and infestation - as illustrated below:
 
 
Trench and Treat Crawl Spaces foundation wall Planter boxes or other parts
Trench and treat soil around external concrete slab edge - a common termite entry point Trench and treat soil around walls and piers in the sub-floor area Use rod injection to treat soil along and around the external perimeter area of the building
Treat cracks, expansion joints Pipes and utility lines Soils beneath  porches
Drill concrete floor along all expansion joints and cracks, and treat soil thereunder Drill concrete floor around pipes and treat soil thereunder Drill concrete patio areas and treat soil area therein - a high risk termite nest location
 
termites can build a sub-nest in a wall cavity of a home
Special care and equipment can be used to detect a subsidiary termite nest contained within the building structure.
Subterranean termites may build such a nest in a roof or wall cavity where moisture is regularly supplied, say from a leaking shower recess, broken roof tiles, faulty guttering or plumbing.
 
 
 
 


 


  Termites will transfer from one affected termite to another ... the technology aimed at eradicating the queen termite and the entire colony - refer to the animated illustration below:
 
 
Termites tunneling in the Premise treated soil area abutting the building (of high concentration - near the point of application) are killed outright.
Termites tunneling in the outer parts of a Premise treated soil area (of low concentration) will not detect the Premise which adheres to their bodies and has a delayed lethal effect of several days - enough time to be transferred back to the central colony nest.
After 250 million years of living underground, subterranean termites have evolved with a very thin waxy skin (called an exoskeleton) that readily absorbs moisture.
The Premise active adheres to the termite exoskeleton and is readily adsorbed through the exoskeleton and into the termite's body to immobilize and kill the affected termite within a few days.
The termites spread the Premise to other termites during regular physical contact, particularly when working together in close proximity, grooming and feeding the rest of the colony, a regular function of their daily lifTermites carry away or cannibalize other dead termites, further spreading the deadly effect of the Premise chemical throughout the colony.
Termite Baits & Termite Baiting Systems
 
The Sentricon termite monitoring and baiting system was developed by Dow AgroSciences, USA. The Sentricon bait is an insect growth regulator, which is designed to be spread throughout the colony by the worker termites.
An insect growth regulator affects termites by stopping the molting process required for the termites to grow. As the worker termites die off, the termite colony declines to the point where it can no longer sustain itself, ultimately leading to it's collapse and elimination.

Both Sentricon and Exterra systems have their own plastic bait stations which must be used with their product. These bait stations can be placed in the ground and checked regularly.
Termite colony elimination in favorable circumstances may take several weeks to a few months. However, in some cases, termite colony elimination is unsuccessful or may take years, depending on the circumstances. Where a large number of termites find and consume the bait, then colony elimination is virtually assured within a few months. This is where the experience and skill of the termite controller is paramount to decide if and where a baiting program is implemented and properly monitored.
  The Sentricon  termite baits are designed to be slow acting, non-repellant and therefore spread to other termites in the colony before the colony can detect where the deadly effect is coming from.
Termites have acute survival instincts. The location of a toxic food source if detected, will be abandoned. Too much disturbance of the foraging termites (workers and soldiers) in a particular location, will alert the termite colony to abandon the area. The termites appear to be gone, but may in fact be entering the building in other areas. Your home is a much bigger bait station.
  Sentricon termite baiting systems are subject to regular inspection and monitoring by the termite controller. The larger the number of termites that consume the bait, the quicker and more certain is the termite colony elimination process.
It is usual to re-inspect the bait stations and the buildings and surrounds every month to reposition, reapply or replenish the bait, if necessary. This process is labor intensive so.
that the long term cost of the monitoring / baiting system may accumulate out of hand before the chance of success or otherwise, is realized.

Ring the Experts: successful termite protection of a building using a baiting program often requires expert skill and judgment, based upon years of field-work experience in termite control in a wide variety of circumstances.
One critical aspect is the bait stations should to installed in areas where termites are more likely to be foraging. The termites must "find" the stations to have any chance of success.

 

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With a termite baiting program, there can be no absolute guarantee of long-term protection of nearby buildings. There may be other termite nests nearby the building that do not find the bait stations. Your home is a much bigger bait station. Other termite nests may exist in trees, under concrete on-ground flooring and in-fill patios of neighboring properties.
The Sentricon baits are placed in their in-ground bait stations after removal of the termite infested timber therein. This may involve sufficient disruption of the termites such that they avoid the in-ground Sentricon bait station, entirely.
This serious short-coming is overcome by the patented Exterra Termite Stations where the timber is aligned around the cylinder such that the bait can be inserted without such disturbance of the termites present.
RECOMMENDATION:  Sentricon be used where a complete chemical soil barrier treatment using  is not practicable or desired, and where a several thousand termites are likely to eat the bait.
A termite monitoring and baiting program can be integrated with a range of methods including (1) drilling susceptible trees and eradication of any termite nest located therein, and (2) in conjunction with a follow up chemical soil treatment using  Premise.
Termidor or Premise.
Building Modifications & Maintenance
 
Rapid termite colony development and building infestation is usually associated with a readily available timber food and moisture source nearby the central nest. In addition, buildings are often constructed in a way that allow termites to gain undetectable entry from the soil to the structural timbers of the building. Listed below are some useful recommendations for the home owner to carry out in order to reduce the risk of termite activity inside a building.
Moisture exclusion from inside the wall cavities, around the base of the building and sub-floor area (if any). Water run-off can be excluded from a sub-floor area by the installation of ag-drains. Make sure there is adequate cross flow ventilation in the sub-floor area. In addition, a qualified plumber should be engaged to ensure there is no water leakage from plumbing pipes in the bathroom, the shower recess, kitchen, down pipes, guttering and air conditioning unit overflow. Look for signs of dampness in the wall cavities, broken roof tiles, faulty guttering and the like. Please note: high humidity, dampness or moisture accumulating in a wall cavity is of high risk to encouraging large scale termite activity inside the building.
Removal of any timber in contact with the soil. Timbers should be stored above ground to allow full inspection of subterranean termite activity (coming from the soil thereunder). Any landscaping using timber chip mulch and railway sleepers should definitely be removed, as they provide ready food source to assist in rapid termite colony development.
Ensure inspection access is unimpeded, particularly in sub-floor areas (suspended floors) in order to look for evidence of termite activity. If your property is on a concrete slab on ground flooring, make sure you can inspect the entire external slab edge for evidence of termite mud-shelter tubes. Do NOT allow this area to be covered by pavers, landscaping, planter pots, etc, as termites often gain entry into the walls of a building via this locality, particularly through external weep holes and minute gaps in the mortar in brick-work.
If you find live termites or termite damaged timbers DO NOT disturb the area. DO NOT use spray can or insecticides on the termites. If sufficiently disturbed, the termites are likely to move elsewhere, and may not be rediscovered until further obvious damage has been done. The termite controller can introduce Intrigue termite dust or  termite bait directly to the live termites present in an attempt to eliminate the entire termite colony - as discussed in detail above.
 
Regular Follow-up Inspections & Monitoring
Regular Follow-up Inspections & Monitoring
 finding termites
CONSUMER NOTE: the installation of a chemical soil barrier does not negate the need for regular competent inspections - at least 3 to 6 months where the termite risk is high.
We usually recommend 3 or 6 monthly inspections be carried for the first 24 months following a chemical soil treatment. Monitoring of "stand-alone" baiting systems should be carried out every 4 to 6 weeks.
A Word of Warning: the correct identification of a destructive termite species, inspection of a building for tell-tale signs, analysis of your circumstances and the design and implementation of an effective program for the protection of a building from termite infestations, requires expert skill and judgment based upon professional training and extensive field-work experience in termite control in a wide variety of circumstances.
 
Do NOT attempt do-it-yourself termite control ...leave it to the experts


 
   
 
 

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Sentricon

The Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System  revolutionized termite protection when it was first introduced in 2005. Not only does the system efficiently and effectively protect your home investment for the harmful effects of termites, but it also provides an environmentally friendly alternative for termite control.

 

Alpha ecological Pest Control was one of the first in the pest management industry to test the Sentricon System because of its environmental benefits and integrated pest management features. Alpha ecological Pest Control also became the first Authorized Operator for the Sentricon System in Athens, 

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Instead of spraying the ground with liquid termicides, the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Active™ technology uses Recruit® HD termite bait to eliminate termite colonies by attracting termites to the bait then allowing the bait to eliminate the termite colony. Recruit® HD termite bait is preferred by termites over wood, so they devour it faster than wood, and find it even more desirable as the bait ages.

 

Also, only a few grams of ingredients are used in each station to prevent environmental damage. The active ingredient in the Sentricon System is registered by the EPA under the Reduced Risk Pesticide Initiative. This initiative helps to provide low impact on the health of humans and wildlife while also providing a low probability of groundwater contamination.

 

Alpha ecological Pest Control is proud to provide the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System to protect our client's most important investments while also providing the best possible option for our environment.

 

To learn more about the green aspects of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System watch the video below or click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fleas & Flea Control in Nairobi

Home Owners: Learn about fleas, and
safe and effective flea control methods
 
Fleas are obnoxious pests...
 
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Fleas are a parasite which feed on the blood of warm blooded animals, including humans.
They pierce the skin, inject an anti-coagulant chemical into the host to prevent blood clotting and suck out the blood some passing straight through their rectum in order to lay their eggs.
A flea bite can cause acute irritation, infection and transfer of other parasites, such as, tapeworms.

Fleas often enter a building on dogs and cats, and are commonly deposited in carpeted areas, in the garden, yard and under the building.
Flea eggs can take several weeks to more than 12 months to hatch - generally during hot humid weather causing an instant infestation of plague proportions.
 
Pest Control for Fleas
 
It is essential for carpets to be thoroughly vacuumed especially in low traffic areas, under furniture, etc, before habitat areas are treated with a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide containing an insect growth regulator which inhibits development during the egg and larvae stage of their life cycle.
To help prevent reinfestation the home owner should regularly vacuum carpets and wash your pet (dogs and cats) with shampoo containing a flea control product.

Restrict access of your dog and/or cat, to internal and sub-floor areas particularly during the summer months.

What will it cost for professional pest control? For flea control in residential premises, the price varies depending on the size home, garden area and ease of access to various areas of the house, using the safer (more expensive) effective flea control products. Due to the likelihood of a reinfestation from insects carried in on your pets, a recurring service program may be advisable and more cost effective in the long run.

CONSUMER NOTE: cheaper prices for flea control abound in the market-place - usually from companies using the cheaper solvent based pesticides in and around the home - which are definitely NOT recommended, especially if residents have asthma or bronchial ailments. Service warranties vary depending upon the risk of reinfestation.

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Total Termite Protection

Total termite protection is our preferred method, this process is usually carried out in two stages.

Stage 1  prior to the slab being poured, protection of plumbing and service pipes.    

Stage 2 after the slab has been poured prior to cladding or brickwork,  external perimeter protection.

(the process may vary depending on the construction method)

Concrete Curing

Concrete curing is a process usually carried out as soon as possible after the concrete has been poured and finished to impede cracking.

 (The process may vary depending on the construction method)
Slab Edge Waterproofing

Slab edge waterproofing is usually carried after the slab has been poured to impede water ingress through the slab edge.

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