HAVE YOU NOTICED DAMAGE TO WOODEN FURNITURES OR THE DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS, PAPER AND BOXES? YOU MAY HAVE A TERMITE INFESTATION!
Although termites may not be the most common of pests found in gardens, homes with gardens or units on the lower floors or, in fact, units with a balcony should take steps to prevent infestation as termite colonies are difficult to eliminate without the help of a pest control expert.
Termite infestation can quickly lead to serious financial loss in the form of crumbling property, broken ceiling, damaged furniture and the loss of valuables.
Protect your home & garden – prevention is easier than cure
As termites thrive on moisture in warm temperatures, the exact condition of humid Singapore, home gardeners can take some simple precautionary measures:-
- Avoid any wood to ground contact as termites build their nests in damp soil and will then come to the surface in search of food sources.
- Fix plumbing leaks as soon as noticed as termites are drawn to moisture and will quickly infest the damp patches in walls.
- Remove wood, cardboard boxes and other cellulose materials that may be placed on the ground close to your home. Such materials attract termites and give them hidden entry paths to your structure.
Does your home & garden have termites? How to identify termite infestation
Some tell tale signs of the existence of termites in your home are:-
- Mud tubes that are a mixture of soil, faeces and saliva of termites. These mud tubes run along walls and will serve as a runway from earth to the wood that termites will feed on.
- Termite droppings will be seen, these small brown six-sided cylindrical pellets are drywood deposits from the termites.
- When winged termites arrive in times of high humidity (usually in the evening or after rain) they will then shed their wings. Piles of wings will be noticeable to the eye.
- Damaged wood that has hollowed-out passages and may look rotten is a real tell tale sign of termites. The wood will even sound hollow when tapped with a screw driver.
Termites are not restricted to homes with gardens! The subterranean termites will nest in soil and will travel up in their search of a food source. Food sources that will tempt the subterranean termites are wooden fixtures on balconies, damp cardboard boxes in storage areas or indeed any wooden furniture on balconies.
What to do when you have termites?
Seek immediate help from a pest control service provider. DIY treatment is often not strong enough and your termite infestation can worsen quickly causing substantial damage.
This information is given to Bubbamama by Miss Lim Min Huithe Operations Director of Rentokil. Miss Lim embraces health and safety importance for the public and illustrates service and quality assurance in managing pest management needs to Rentokil’s valued customers.
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