Firstly, termites are not ants. Thus we cannot resolve termite issues using ant control strategies. Next, they are commonly mistaken for ants. Especially the flying ones, winged termites or technically called “flying alates”
You might have seen them swarming around lamps and light sources especially after rain. Many have commonly mistaken them as “Queen ants” out to look for a new nest. Well, they’re not. these are winged termites out to look for some delicious wood to feed on.
- Inspection and ID of termite species
- Locate and treat the source of the infestation.
- Methods of treatments may varies depending on species.
The easiest way to spot termites is to spot 1 of their 2 tell-tale signs.
- Wooden pallets
If you see a small pile of wood pallets/ grains. That is a clear sign that you have a termite problem.
Look out for these yellow/brownish grains under your wood furniture.
- Mud Tubes
Termites do not walk about in the open like ants. They always form mud tubes to travel in. This is less likely seen in flats and apartments but pretty common in landed properties with gardens and easy access to soil such as a planter or garden.
Having termites treated as early as possible will reduce damage to your existing furniture and fittings. We once had a customer that delayed treatment to a point that they had to renovate the entire kitchen because the cabinets are no longer in any safe usable condition.
Termites feed on the wood from the inside. They build their nests and reproduce within the furniture, hollowing out your furniture making them week and susceptible to breaking and collapsing.
If you spotted any of the 2 tell-tale signs above, take a photo and send them to us. We’ll have 1 of our technicians come down to your place to take a look as soon as possible.
When it comes to termites, speed is key. By the time you see wooden pallet grains, they have already eaten much depth into your precious furniture.
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Inspecting for termites can be a dirty job. You may want to purchase and wear a pair of disposable coveralls and a pair of gloves. A bright flashlight will come in handy to light up dim or dark areas and a flat headed screwdriver will allow you to probe wood to find weakness that is indicative of termite infestations.
When inspecting for a termite infestation there are a few things you will be looking for such as mud tubes, damaged wood and/or live termites.
- • Mud tubes. Subterranean termites will often make their nest in the soil (moisture source) and then build highways called “mud tubes” that run vertically or otherwise to connect the nest to a wooden food source. Mud tubes are a definite sign of termite infestation, but the absence of mud tubes does not mean that no infestations exist, since there are other ways that termites reach food sources.
- • Damaged wood. Wood with sustained termite damage might look “crushed” at structural joints. If you tap the damaged wood with the end of the screwdriver or knife, you will hear a dull thud. Wood suspected of termite damage can be further inspected by probing the surface with the screwdriver or pocket knife to expose tunnels. Subterranean termites excavate tunnels that run parallel to the grain.
- • Piles of wings. Before swarmers enter the next stage of development, they will shed their wings which are often left in scattered piles near windows or light sources.