Subterranean termites are most commonly found across the UAE and they are sometimes called “White Ants” due to some similarities. They are a highly destructive timber pest, causing major structural timber damage to domestic / commercial buildings all over the country.
Subterranean termites are small in size (about half the size of match-head - 4-11 mm) and soft bodied insects. They build a central colony nest from which they construct underground tunnels that radiate within a 90 meter radius from a central colony nest in search of a timber (cellulose) food source.
Authorities in the UAE made it obligatory to have a Pre-Construction Termite Treatment prior to construction of any commercial or residential property, which works as a great prevention method.
But in case of termite infestation, a Post-Construction termite treatment will be need, which includes drilling around the premises and injecting pesticides inside the drilled holes to form an anti-termite barrier around the premises.