termites

Identifying Termites

Also known as “white ants”, the three most common groups of termites in Singapore are:

  1. Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes spp.)
  2. Drywood Termite (Cryptotermes spp.)
  3. Dampwood Termite (Neotermes spp.)

Of these, the Subterranean Termite causes approximately 90% of Termite-related damage in Singapore, making them the most worrisome.

Termites do not feed on wood, but on the cellulose found in wood. This creates galleries in the wood, which weakens the timber and causes unsightly structural damage.

 

How do you know you have an infestation?

You will find:

Subterranean Termites – Mud shelter tubes, that when broken will reveal active termites

Drywood Termites – Small piles of faecal pellets pushed out of the holes of infested wood. These pellets are small, hard, dry, and uniform in shape

Dampwood Termites – Small piles of faecal pellets but they are soft, damp, and uniform in shape

 

What can you do to prevent an infestation?

Avoid stockpiling old newspapers and other wood-based materials in the store room that is damp and without air circulation.

In the case of Drywood Termites, replace damaged wood as soon as possible, to prevent cross infestation.

For long-term peace of mind, seek professional help from Aardwolf Pestkare.

 

How can we help you?

Eliminating termites requires species-specific treatment that is best conducted by our Aardwolf Pestkare Technicians who will target the source of the infestation. Before we treat, our qualified Thermographers will scan your home with Thermal Imaging to confirm the entry points of the termites.

Subterranean Termites can be eliminated using either a bait system, dusting, or injection of liquid termiticide.

Infestation by Drywood Termites and Dampwood Termites are localised and best eliminated by replacing the damaged wood. Where necessary heat treatment, dusting or injection of liquid termiticide can be used.