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All You Need to Know on Drywood Termite Treatment

Drywood termites are often thought to be challenging to treat and in most cases, there are very little or in fact close to none available pest controllers in Singapore that would provide a solution or treatment. Home owners are often advised to discard the infested piece of wooden furniture immediately.

However, in some cases, throwing and replacing the infested furniture can become costly. Some types of furniture such as large rows of built-in cabinets may have just one small portion being chewed and damaged. This also means a major overhaul in carpentry and renovation, a hefty sum to consider. In this case, home owners are seeking solutions which can treat the affected area, and have the situation contained under control.

Pest control expertise is now combined with technology to make treating one of the most common termite species in Singapore, beside the subterranean termite possible. Now with foaming technology, treatment is available for drywood termites. 

Drywood foaming, how does it work? What can you expect in a drywood foaming treatment? Find out from our termite control specialist, a real hands-on experience on the step-by-step, a 5-steps process below.

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Dealing with flying termites in the house

If you see winged termites indoors, the alarm bells should be ringing that you may have a flying termite infestation in your home. In other words, you may have damaged timber or furniture caused by drywood termite invading your home. The process involves starting a new termite colony after a mating process, and thereafter they break off their wings and seeks the next nesting location. You can also try the following to prevent a termite activity:

  • Correct moisture issues such as leaks, drainage concerns and excess condensation
  • Watch heating and cooling units closely for condensation issues
  • Remove extraneous wood and debris near your home including construction materials, fallen trees, stumps and leaf litter
  • Avoid wood to soil contact
  • Keep mulch pulled back from the foundation
  • Do not stack wood and timber next to your home – keep it at a distance
  • Refrain from using untreated wood or timber in construction projects such as decks and sheds

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Identify correctly all infested area and spots

Identifying areas affected by drywood termites

Professional inspection will be carried out to identify damaged area where active termites are feeding on. Signs of termite activity include:

  • Damaged and hollow-sounding wooden surfaces
  • Termite frass (termite droppings) which look like powdery round wooden pellets. These are seen on the floor underneath this damaged wooden cabinet as per seen in above picture.

Sweep and vacuum away all termite frass

Carrying out this step is to allow the foaming treatment later on to take place more effectively as these frass may block the way the foam flows around during the treatment process.

Small holes are drilled into the affected area

The drilling of the holes later aid in openings for the foam treatment to be injected. Holes to be drilled are strategically identified to ensure best possible way foaming treatment would reach these crevices and nooks inside.

Note: Rentokil pest control technicians are trained professionals; we have the right wood fillers to patch up these drilled holes, to be done at the end of this whole treatment process.

Prepare the pump and generator for treatment

Preparing the pump and generator for drywood termite treatment

The pump, prepared with the right proportion of chemical solution mixed inside, is connected with the generator. The generator aids in supplying pressure to the spray pump.

Solution is pumped into the drilled holes

The solution is pumped into the holes in a foam consistency, using the applied pressure from the generator equipment to treat the affected area. White foam can be seen flowing down and through the infested furniture area, targeting the drywood termite colony in there.

Pumping foam into drilled holes to treat drywood termites

Foaming technology applied in this manner to treat drywood termites not only allows enhanced efficacy to treat hard to reach tiny crevices within the furniture, the foam solution pumped throughout the layers of the wooden pieces leaves behind a protective layer, so that these termites would stopped feeding.

Preparing home owners for a drywood termite treatment

Checklist for Home Ownerswhat can they do to prepare themselves for such treatments?

To prepare everyone in advanced, a checklist can be helpful to make the whole treatment process a better and smoother one.

Here is a simple checklist you and the household to keep in mind when you engage Rentokil to do a drywood foaming treatment at your premise.

A 5-pointer friendly checklist

  • Ensure sufficient space clearing for our technician to carry out inspection and treatment, for e.g. a long safety ladder may need to be used to reach places at height.
  • Keep away in a safe place all valuables in the affected cabinets, cupboards or drawers. This can help to facilitate our technicians to work more efficiently when the area to be treated is cleared out.
  • A nearby power point with extension cable would also greatly facilitate drilling works, and later on the generator required for the foam pumping.
  • Remove all pets and plants nearby the area which is to be treated.
  • Cover up all food and kitchen utensils, drinking cups nearby before the treatment starts.

Contact a professional to resolve a drywood termite infestation

For more information on our solutions for drywood termites, do not hesitate to reach out to Rentokil Pest Control or download your easy 1-page insert for your Drywood Termite Foaming treatment today!

FAQ about termites you need to know


  • What causes drywood termite infestation?

    Drywood termites do not rely heavily on water and moisture like the subterranean termites and they survive through the moisture they obtain from the wood consumption. They infest above ground typically on furniture, beams, structures and frames including carpentry works, door and window frames. They are resulted from using infested items, presence of water and entering through exposed wood.


  • How do I tell if my home has drywood termites?

    One of the most obvious signs of drywood termites are its faecal droppings. Unlike other termite species, drywood termites do not use their droppings to build their mud tunnels. Instead, they leave them outside of their colonies in brown-coloured and grainy mounds. Another sign of a drywood infestation is the door and window frames not functioning properly due to the feeding and damaging of the foundation within.

    If you are unsure of whether your home is experiencing a drywood termite infestation, be sure to call a professional pest control service as they are well-equipped to identify them and provide treatment options.


  • Where does drywood termite nest and infest in homes?

    The most common areas where drywood termites nest in a home are:

    • Inside wooden furniture
    • Door frames and windows
    • Kitchen cabinets and connecting beams
    • Frames and skirting of a room

  • How do I evaluate the selection of termite control specialist?

    Here are some guidelines to help you evaluate a termite control specialist

    • Number of years of experience they have
    • Types of treatments they offer
    • Compliance to health and safety standards
    • Quality and efficacy of the solution
    • Volume of satisfied customers
    • Brand image and reputation
    • Resources and responsiveness
    • Professional and technical knowledge
    • Certifications, awards and accolades

  • Is there any natural DIY remedies to get rid of termites?

    There are a few DIY termite remedies including: 

    • Placing essential oils like orange oil and neem oil near termite colonies
    • White vinegar and water solution to spray on any termites that you see
    • Placing wooden furniture in sunlight - non-winged termites often die quickly when exposed to air and sunlight as their moisture evaporates quickly
    • Remove infested, damp or rotten wood and excess mulch
    • Keep place dry especially among furniture and flooring

    Do note that DIY remedies are short-term solutions and will not prevent termites from coming back. For long-term protection, professional termite control services offers seven years assurance for adequate termite colony control.


  • How effective are drywood termite treatment?

    Drywood termite treatment can be ineffective for a few reasons. Firstly, the level of termite detection is compromised thus missing areas to treat and allow a spread of infestation. Secondly, some infestation is too severe where a replacement of the furniture and frames are recommended. Thirdly, the level of active ingredient penetration can be minimal if without the utilisation of professional application techniques. Above all, there is a drywood termite foaming treatment that allows deep and efficient diffusion of the active ingredient to not only eliminate termite infestation but prevent further damage to the furniture and structure.

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