Termites are generally harmless to humans but detrimental to homes. While they are beneficial to nature by breaking down nutrients from dead plants and trees, termites are not favored for the destruction and damages they can cause to a property. Due to its preference for humidity and warmth, they are prevalent in Singapore.
Termites are known to be active and work 24/7 constantly. There are two types of termites in Singapore you should look out for, which are mainly the subterranean termites and drywood termites.
While subterranean termites often calls for immediate urgent attention, drywood termite which is another termite species may not necessarily call for urgent action. Is this true?
Are drywood termites dangerous in your home?
Unfortunately, termites strive better in warmer climates and since Singapore is spared from winter season, we do not have the luxury to “stay safe” temporarily from these pests, which tend to slow down or stall during wintry weather.
Yes, drywood termites can be equally dangerous as they feed on wooden cabinets, door frames and more. The feeding can result in these home structures being weak and unstable over time, they can even collapse.
It doesn’t matter where you live, because termites’ colony can spread upwards and sideways, starting from where they live and breed underground in soil (typically more for subterranean termites). Landed home is also subjected to high termite risks and it can also happen to high rise buildings!
At initial stages, you may not notice any physical differences. You may missed early signs of termite infestation. Gradually, these hardworking termites’ efforts pay off, symptoms and damages may turn obvious. This is regardless of subterranean termites or drywood termites.
Drywood termite infestation tips and reminders
Do not just focus on your structure and wall. Drywood termites can attack other parts of your home as well. They usually survive without soil, love moisture and found above ground. For example, door frames, window panels, cabinets or furniture.
A drywood termite tips: Look out for droppings, fecal matter or saw-dust looking residues on the surfaces. Read All You Need to Know on Drywood Termite Treatment
Various termite control solutions to suit your home needs
Early detection of subterranean termites and drywood termites and prevent further structural damage to your property. Find out more about the termite control treatments available at Rentokil Singapore. Call (65) 6347 8138 for more information to.