Termites (commonly known as White Ants in Singapore) are the most feared pests to property owners because of the costly damage that their infestation can cause. It is especially concerning because they thrive in tropical and subtropical areas like Singapore with high humidity and rainfall, so they can easily cause extensive damage which could amount up to thousands of dollars.
The most common termite species in Singapore are the drywood termite and the subterranean termite. Regardless of the species, both can feed on the cellulose found in wood for 24 hours without taking a breather. The subterranean species cause about 90% of the termite-related damage in Singapore, which makes them the most problematic. Since they feed on the cellulose found in wood (and not wood itself), the structural damage they cause can go undetected.
How Do You Know About a Termite Infestation Problem?
Certain signs can help you know if you have a termite infestation problem:
- Signs of Subterranean Termite Infestation
In Singapore, subterranean termites do not only feed on wooden structures. There may be termite infestations even in homes made with other materials like metal, siding and plaster because they can feed on other cellulose-based objects like paper-based things like books and cardboard. Termites also feed on ceilings, floors and cabinets in these homes. You may look out for broken mud shelter tubes, as these could reveal active termites.
- Signs of Drywood Termite Infestation
Drywood termites focus on wooden structures, building their colonies inside the of walls furniture. Drywood infestations may become detected when a colony has dug well into a structure that the cracks and maze-like tunnels become visible or sawdust or sand is seen on the floor, called frass. When drywood termites consume wood, they excrete dry pellet shaped frass. This damage usually affects carpentry like built-in cabinets, or new furniture. If you notice signs such as these, call a termite removal Singapore professional to discuss your infestation problem, as well as possible options for extermination.
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Can I Get Rid of Termites Myself?
While you might be tempted to get rid of termites yourself as you would do for a mouse, you should keep in mind that finding termites can be difficult, and totally getting rid of them can be tricky. Termite removal Singapore requires specialized skills and experience. The entry points of termites are usually well hidden and difficult to access, and would require the experience of a pest control professional to identify these hidden spots.
Please also refrain from killing the termites yourself with DIY bug spray, instead, make your first reaction the best one by calling in a professional to access the situation first and advise you on your options. Spraying any chemical on the infested areas, will disturb the termites and make it that much harder to locate the termites as they will avoid that “sprayed’ spot.
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