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 caused to a property. Due to its preference for humidity and warmth, they are prevalent in Singapore.
Termites are known to be active regardless which part of the day. Constantly working 24/7, and are known as diligent pests.
There are two types of termites in Singapore you should look out for, which are mainly the subterranean termite and drywood termite.
While subterranean termite often calls for immediate urgent attention, the drywood termite which is another termite species may not necessarily call for an urgent action. Is this true? Are drywood termites dangerous?
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). This means besides landed home that is subjected to high termite risks, it can also happen to high rise buildings!
At initial stages, in early months and years, you may not notice any physical difference – the early signs of termite infestation. But gradually, as these hardworking termites’ efforts pay off, symptoms will get more obvious and damages may occur more frequently, happening at various parts of your home. This is regardless of subterranean termite or drywood termite.
A drywood termite reminder: Do not just focus on your structure and wall, because the other parts of your home can be attacked by drywood termite 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
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