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Termite 白蚁


Subterranean Termites
Drywood Termites
Dampwood Termite/Garden Termite
Adult Size
3-10mm
6-10mm
8-16mm
Termite Appearance
The soldier has large mandible, yellowish head and creamy body color whereas worker is creamy in color
Have a thick waist, short legs, and straight antennae
Long head with strong and stout mandibles
Termite Behaviour
The soldier will release white liquid when being torture, swarming during the day
Prefer to infest softwood rather than hardwood (teak), Produce dry fecal pellet near the kick holes in the infested wood, swarming during dusk or night
do not make tunnel/mud tube/trails, feed on decaying woods, old tree stumps, rotting log and buried timber
Termite Habitat
Door/window frame, skirting, cabinet, cupboards, books, carton box in storeroom and etc
Wooden Furniture which is not treated with insecticide
Normally in the garden area, tree shrubs, or wood that in contact directly with soil with high moisture content
Signs of Termite Infestation
Mud tubes/trails
Hollow wood
Dead or alive termite
Fecal pellet 
Dull and hollow wood sound
Dead plant
Fallen tree stump
Approaches for Termite Control
Dusting
Termite Baiting System — In-ground & Above-ground baiting stations
Soil Injection
Corrective Soil Treatment
Anti-Termite Soil Treatment
Wood injection — Injecting insecticide into the infested wood using foam formulation
Anti-Termite Soil Treatment 
Soil injection


FAQ

What are the common species of termites in Singapore?

There are three common species of termites found in Singapore, namely Subterranean Termites, Drywood Termites and Dampwood Termites.


Can termites make their way through concrete?

Termites cannot bypass solid concrete, but they can enter through a crack, which is only 1/32 of an inch wide. Crevices of this size or bigger often occur when two pieces of concrete adjoin, like when poured separately and around plumbing penetrations through the concrete or where the concrete has openings. Termites are tough to control and can grow at a very fast pace in humid climates like Singapore's. When termite is first detected, it is best to seek professional termite control services help immediately before the termite colony grows larger. 


Can I spray the termite individual/mud tubes when discovered using insecticide aerosol spray or any other insecticides? 

No. As the spray will only kill the termites where the spray hits. The rest of the termites will flee and warn the rest of the colony, causing them to move and spread to other areas of your home. These colonies are huge, ranging from thousand to hundred thousand of termite individuals. The colony then finds safer areas to attack and do even more damage. The best and the only way to get rid of a termite infestation is by eliminating the colony and most importantly the only breeder of the problem, which is the termite queen.


How do I identify if I have winged ants/alates in my house?

Alates have broad waists and two pair of wings that are equal in size and shape. They continue to shed their wings after a short flight. Winged ants have slender waists and two pair of wings that differ in size and shape (front pair is much larger). Flying ants shed their wings like alates. Collect a few samples and contact us to get them identified if you want to be sure.


What will termites do after they swarm? 

Alates attempt to pair with a swarmer of the opposite sex within their colony. They must seek for a suitable habitat before establishing a new colony. They require moist soil preferably in direct contact with wood, in order to survive. The termites that swarm inside a building and cannot get out will quickly die from desiccation.


How do termites get inside my property?

Termites don’t need much room to enter your home or business. In fact, they can enter a building structure through a space as small as 1/32 of an inch, from the soil along the foundation or through cracks in the slab, expansion joints, electrical cables, around plumbing and voids in brick. While most subterranean termite infestations come from a colony living in soil outside the building, some infestations started above the ground. This occurs when a termite king and queen startup a nest within a structure or when foraging termite workers become isolated and failed to return to the parent colony. Such conditions are most common in high-moisture areas. Structures with flat roofs or severe leaks also be at risk because the structure can retain enough moisture for a termite colony to establish itself. Constant moisture level allows a termite colony to survive even without a connection to the soil. Termite infestations are a common problem in Singapore all year round.


What is termite baiting treatment?

Termite baiting treatment is a termite control method that is effective, less expensive, and non-toxic, but may take several months to completely eradicate a colony. This involves inserting tubes of bait into calculated areas in the ground for the termites to eat, which then kills them. Baiting systems are slow-acting since they only hit immature worker termites that forage for the food outside of the main colony. The bait consists of an insect growth regulator that stops the ability of termites to moult. As a result, fewer and fewer termites are able to collect food which eventually starves the colony. Successful baiting involves regular monitoring and maintenance of the bait units. In Singapore, termite baiting treatment is one of the most common options for termite pest control. Though it’s possible to DIY, professionals can help you check and maintain the traps, and place the traps in the most effective locations in the first place. 


What is termite soil treatment?

Termite soil treatment is a good way to prevent termites, and is great for killing existing termite colonies. Pyrethroids and organophosphates are commonly used, though every chemical has its pros and cons. When dealing with this kind of treatment, it’s advisable to consult with professionals to determine which should be used for your specific situation. Chemical treatments are injected into the soil around termite colonies. Likewise, borate, a preventative primer for wood, can also be used to kill existing termites. This works by disrupting the digestive system of termites, making them unable to break down what they eat. 


Want to resolve your pest issues? Protect your property from termites infestation. We provide effective termite control solutions. Contact System Pest Control Services to manage termite control problems for your homes, offices or industrial properties. 



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