When you start seeing the telltale signs of termite damage on walls, mud tubes, or discarded wings of gamu-gamo (alates), this could mean that these pests have already been infesting your home or building for quite a while now.

Most destructive subterranean termites in the Philippines

Philippine Milk Termite

Coptotermes vastator

Appearance: White with a pear-shaped head

Size: 5-6mm

This species is classified as the most voracious subterranean termite. They nest underneath structures such as patios, soil subsidence, under or inside tree trunks. When disturbed, they will emit a white, milky substance as defense.
Mound-building Termite

Macrotermes gilvus

Appearance: Brown or yellow; soldiers have a very large head compared to its body

Size: 8-11mm

M. gilvus is known to be largest species of termites in the Philippines. The large brownish-head of its major soldiers with well-developed mandibles are about 4 mm in length. This mound-building termite is usually found in gardens, but will definitely feast on wood or other cellulose-based items on or near the ground. The destruction of one mound will not necessarily control the infestation if there are secondary nests in the area, and the primary Queen has not yet been exterminated.
Los Baños Termite

Microcerotermes losbanosensis

Appearance: Light-colored; distinguished by its rectangular heads

Size: 5-7mm

This species got its name from the place where it was discovered in Laguna. One very distinct ability of this species is building mud tunnels in columns that suspend from the ceilings. Aside from nests on the ground, they can also build above-ground nests on living or dead trees.
Luzon point-headed Termite

The Nasutitermes luzonicus Oshima

Appearance: Pointed head, no mandibles

Size: 4-6mm

This species is known to nest above-ground on tree trunks, as well as on abandoned structures with semi-carton runways. It is easy to distinguish these termites because of their pointed head.

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Why professional control is best for termite management

Damages structures
Damage to homes and buildings due to termite infestations are known to cost millions of pesos due to their recurring infestations
Persistant attackers
Without a barrier or treated zone, the structure can still be attacked by any of the other three subterranean species
Temporary solutions
Efficacy of termiticides do not last forever

PIXA has the most extensive range of termite control procedures

Our TermX service line is a combination of systems for both pre- and post- construction stages of any residential or commercial buildings. This gives owners the best protection from millions of pesos in expenses.

This chemical delivery system, developed by termite experts from Australia, is the best investment any home, building owner, or real estate developer can make for any construction project. Best installed at the construction stage, the TermX Replenishment System™ will enable 100% retreatment of all areas where the chemical delivery system is installed.


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