Termites, commonly referred to as “white ants” or “white cockroaches” in Mandarin and Malay, are more closely related to cockroaches than ants. They are responsible for 90% of all termite-related damage.
Subterranean termites, scientifically known as Coptotermes Gestroi, are one of the most destructive pests of wood in Asia. They cause significant damage annually and can severely harm a family’s most valuable possession in their home. These termites reside in colonies underground and possess specialized castes for specific colony tasks. Their society comprises three classes: Workers, Soldiers, and Swarmers. The workers are responsible for foraging, caring for the young, construction and repair, and defending the colony.
As one of the three types commonly found in Singapore, subterranean termites nest in soil and search for food, typically cellulose found in wood and timber products, by travelling through walls, steel, and other cracks and crevices. This can lead to damage to electrical wiring and conduits. While termites play an ecological role in breaking down fallen trees in their natural environment, they can cause significant damage to human structures and furniture, resulting in costly repairs and replacements.
Treatment for Subterranean Termites:
- Termite Baiting
- Spot Treatment
- Soil Treatment