Among the common pests around the world today, possibly the most damaging ones are termites. Termites feed on cellulose, more specifically wood, which means that every house can be at risk of a termite infestation. No matter where your home is in Singapore, it’s quite possible that you’ll encounter some type of termite at least once in your life. Because the presence of termites is always an on-going threat, you’ll need to learn how to prevent and get rid of them. Here are some things you should know:
There are 5 common types of termites, but we’ll focus on the two that’s almost always seen in households. Since both types of termites are dealt with differently, knowing the distinction between them can be crucial when choosing the right chemicals or pest control methods to use.
- Drywood Termites
Drywood termites are the ones most commonly seen because they live in and consume wood in houses. Once a drywood termite swarmer ends up in a wooden part of a house, it sheds its wings and begins to carve out a nest. That is where they lay their eggs, hence leading to the termite infestation. It is said that drywood termites eat through wood at a slower rate, but that doesn’t mean you should take them lightly.
- Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites, on the other hand, start colonies from underground. They can work their way up your house from the foundation through tunnel systems that they dig up themselves. If you’ve seen mud tunnels going up along your walls, you can be sure that those are subterranean termites at work. They normally do this to gain access to where the wood is in the house. Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites can damage wooden structures significantly faster.
- Hollow or damaged wood
As mentioned earlier, termites generally feast on wood. They will also usually keep the wooden surface intact and only damage the interiors. This is because termites thrive in moist and dark environments, so they avoid light as much as possible. This results to hollow wood, which you will most likely feel when you’re knocking on it. If you take it apart, you might see that the interior is already damaged. This means that the infestation has lasted for a long time already and that other areas around your house might also already have termites.
Swarmer termites shed their wings off after finding a wooden crevice to dig through. Take a look around your windows and doors and see if there are wings. If you find them immediately, you might be fortunate enough to stop the infestation before it gets bigger. It might also be a good idea for you to call professional pest control workers in this situation.
Get rid of termites
It was stated earlier that termites thrive off darkness and cool, moist environments. One natural way to get rid of termites is to expose them to sunlight. If, for example, one of your wooden furniture ends up with a termite infestation, you can leave it out under the sun for the day. Before you take it inside again, make sure you check it thoroughly. You can also try to get as much sunlight in your house as much as possible, especially if it is mostly wood in structure.
Again, termites like moist areas so it is absolutely necessary to keep the insides of your house dry. Of course, when it rains you cannot avoid having water around your house. But you should make sure that there are no corners or areas that can accumulate stagnant water. You can basically avoid moisture by allowing good ventilation and sunlight inside your home.
Using chemical pesticides is probably the most reliable method especially against such pests that can reproduce quickly and cause extensive damage. But one has to be careful about choosing the right chemical products and using them the correct way. It will be hard to use chemicals especially if there are children or pets around. Not choosing the right pesticides might be risky for your own health and safety.
Call the professionals
When it comes to pests, it would certainly be better to give the professionals a call. The professionals at PestDestroyer will assess the termite situation thoroughly, come up with a plan for termination, and provide follow-up maintenance treatments to make sure termites are not able to come back to your home again too easily. To save yourself time and energy, give us a call!