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 a need, which includes drilling around the premises and injecting pesticides inside the drilled holes to form an anti-termite barrier around the premises.
Treating termite before construction can help you defend against possible claims in the future. Construction specification for several projects demands the protection for termite in their finishing's and several others request termite free environment.
Termite treatment in pre-construction stages includes several procedures that must be done to ensure an area of termite-free construction. Treating the soil before any slab placement with insecticides is the most common method of termite treatment. This will form a chemical anti termite barrier between ground slab and masonry that will prevent the insects to approach the building.
Post construction termite control is the job carried out to an existing building, this job can be carried out as a proofing against termite or when termite activity is spotted within the premise.
This job is done by creating a termite barrier around the premises, a termite barrier works so effectively because it creates a chemical barrier around the entire perimeter of a home or building. Because all entry points are protected.
Depending on the structure of the premises, the exact requirements for each barrier can differ.