Out of all the pests that homeowners may have to deal with, there are none more costly and as damaging as termites. These insects feed on wood, threatening the structural integrity of your home so, it’s crucial to get rid of them fast.
In Singapore, we usually see termite swarms in the spring, when temperatures are favourable for them – the problem is that termites are good at hiding and you may not be aware of an infestation until signs of damage are already too obvious.
If you can spot an infestation early on, one of the ways to prevent further damage is to call a pest management company. Pest Off can help protect your home against significant termite damage by providing the most effective pest control for termite solutions in Singapore. In this article, discover how you can identify termite infestation in your home and what you should do next.
How a Termite Infestation Begins
The first step in identifying a termite infestation is to identify where it began. There are usually two ways termites come into your property – by air and through the ground.
A drywood termite infestation usually happens when flying termite swarmers discover a wooden crevice in your home where they shed their wings, carve out a nest and lay termite eggs to start a new colony. An infestation caused by subterranean termites, on the other hand, occurs when these pests penetrate your home through its foundations and build colonies underground, which can be composed of mud tubes and chambers.
Signs of Termite Infestation
Because termites are innately elusive, you may not know you have an infestation until it has already caused significant damage to your home. But, you can keep this from happening by keeping an eye out for some other telltale signs of termite infestation.
Hollowed Out Wood: Termites eat wood from the inside out. So, wood that sounds hollow when tapped can indicate a termite infestation. Blistering pieces of wood and rotting wood may also be a dead giveaway of pest problem.
Mud Tubes: As mentioned, subterranean termites create mud tubs when travelling towards their food source – which more often than not is your home. These are usually found near your home’s foundation as well as in basements.
Frass: Drywood termites usually leave behind frass or their excrements when eating through the wood. These droppings look like finely powdered shavings and can usually be found where food is present in the home.
Swarmers: The presence of termites themselves is also a sign of infestation. These winged pests are often found in homes and are mistaken for flying ants. But, as a key indicator, termites have wings that are almost equal in length, whereas ants have front wings that are a little longer than the hind wings.
How to Address Termite Infestation
The damage termite infestation may cause can be extensive and can require a lot of money to repair. So, after detecting termite infestation, we suggest for you to seek professional help.
Termites are, after all, not easy to eliminate on your own. It may be hard to contain the situation without professional help. In fact, they can’t be dealt with using sprays and powders as these commercial products only eradicate termites on the surface and not the colony which is key to effectively eliminate them for good.
Pest Off implements effective pest control measures to solve termite infestation. Our process begins with identifying the extent of the infestation, to devising the best method for a specific situation which may include a full range of dusting, termite baiting, and soil treatment. Each step is conducted only by our team of professional pest control providers to guarantee the best chance of success.
Our NEA-certified consultants are trained in the latest methods and technology for identification, management, and prevention of termites.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our termite control services and how we can help with your infestation problem at home!