Termites are probably the most damaging pests of all. Termites alone are responsible for over $10 billion worth of damage per year worldwide. These critters feed on wood, dead plant matter, ornamental plants, and cellulose-based furnishing. In this guide, we will discuss six steps to take if you feel that your household is infested with termites.
Termites live in underground colonies with an occupancy ranging from a few hundred to millions and billions, all in just one colony. Termites survive on a cellulose-based diet, with wood being their favorite. Due to this diet, they are responsible for large-scale damage to property, and just about anything made out of wood, or a plant-based substance, including ornamental plants and food crops, and even trees.
Check the house for signs of termite infestations. Common signs of termite infestation in your homes are:
Disposed wings can be found in windowsills and cobwebs.
Piles of excrement resembling sawdust or wood shavings
Damage to furniture, especially wood being hollowed out
Bubbling or damaged paint
Termite Inspection: It is crucial to identify the type of termites infesting your home as different termites will require slightly different methods. Termites can be of two kinds; Subterranean termites or Drywood termites. Subterranean termites create mud tubes around your home and will tend to live somewhere near the soil. Drywood termites, on the other hand, dwell primarily inside the wood, like wooden furniture or fittings like kitchen cabinets.
Do not use insecticide sprays of any kind as these will kill the termites upon contact and disperse them, and they will abandon the spot you have sprayed in search of new wooden areas in your home to find food, and causing more damage. This will end up taking more time to eradicate the problem and will be more challenging for the pest control professionals to solve the issue.
Call for professional assistance. Though you think you can manage the termite problem on your own, termites can re-enter your homes and infest again. For this purpose, it is critical to call a professional in the case of termites from the beginning.
Besides treatment, you will also need to remove possible water sources for termites to prevent them from surviving. Regularly check for pipe leakages, ensure there is no water seepage in your homes, and seal any cracks or gaps around pipes and the foundation of your homes.
Inspect your house regularly. This will allow your pest control professional to treat any new signs of infestation, as termites are living things, and they will always continue to thrive in the external environment where there is soil.
Termites are a menace in not only Singapore but all over the world. It is thus crucial to identify signs of termite infestation in your homes and steps to take to solve the problem. These steps will help you solve the termite infestation problem before they do intensive damage to your homes and furnishings. For all your termite and other pest control-related problems, contact ORIGIN Exterminators. ORIGIN Exterminators is the best termite control company, Singapore has to offer.