A termite infestation can be frustrating and challenging for any homeowner. They silently chomp into the structure of the inner walls, eating away your home and causing catastrophic damage. Worse still, you would hardly ever realize termites are even present in your home – until it is too late. They are rightfully called “silent destroyers” due to their ability to cause property damage without any immediate signs of danger.
There are over 1300 types of termites in the world today. In Singapore, however, three main types exist:
- Subterranean termites
- Drywood termites
- Dampwood termites
Subterranean and drywood termites are commonly found in HDB flats and condominiums, as well as indoor areas of landed properties.
Impact of Singapore’s Weather on Termite Infestation
The tropical climate in Singapore does not make it any easier for homeowners. As the spring season comes with its warmth, termites, like every other insect, start finding their way out of their overwintering habitats in search of food. Food, in this case, refers to new structures for these termites to settle on. Once an infestation occurs, any wooden structure in your home is immediately at risk.
The damage caused by termites are usually very costly. Over the course of a year, a colony of these insects can chew up several kilos of wood. Now think for a moment: how much wood do you have in your home? Thinking about the impact of this over a prolonged period of time can get scary. Slowly but surely, your home could be damaged if you do not take preventive measures.
Discovering Termites in Your Home
Termites typically live in dark, humid environments – within structural forms. Here are a few signs that can help you spot termites in your home:
- Mud Tubes
Subterranean termites usually build pencil-sized mud tubes in areas where the ground meets your house or food sources like trees. They can also enter your home through cracks and crevices in your walls and foundation These mud tubes ensure they are able to move around without being noticed under the required temperature and humidity levels.
- Presence of Swarms
Termite alates or discarded wings can be sighted near closed doors and windows. Discarded wings usually appear when termites swarm out of their nest to start a new colony and mate. As they land, they let go of these wings intentionally since they won’t need them again. Termite wings have the same size; in contrast, ant wings consist of a pair of larger wings in front and another pair at the rear.
- Hollowed out Wood
Termites chomp through wooden structures from the inside out as they go in search of cellulose. As they chew through wood, they leave behind long grooves, weakening the wood and causing structural damage in the process.
What Should You Do if You Suspect a Termite Infestation?
If you have noticed any signs that there might be termite infestation in your home, now is not the time to try termite control yourself – however tempting this may be. Since termites can go unnoticed with minimal signs of infestation, you will need the help of a pest control specialist like Origin Exterminators.
At Origin Exterminators, we employ today’s technology to scan through your home in order to get clear visibility of termite presence. We realize that termite treatments can be very complex; as a result, we do not hesitate when there is a need to introduce more than one treatment method.
As termite control Singapore specialists, we have managed termite control for many homeowners and landlords, and strongly advice that you call for an inspection as soon you notice any signs of an infestation.
If you have noticed termite infestation in your home, do not panic. Our termite treatments are safe, responsive and effective.
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