Subterranean Termites

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All About Subterranean Termites In Singapore

The most common type of termite is subterranean termite. As its name suggests, this type of termite lives in underground colonies and gets its food by eating wood. Subterranean termites are known to cause extensive damage to wooden structures and can even cause them to collapse.


Treatment Needed For Subterranean Termites

> Baiting System

The first step in treating a subterranean termite problem is to have a baiting system installed. This system uses poison to kill the termites and can be very effective in getting rid of the problem.

termites baiting system in Singapore


> Residual Spray

In addition to baiting, a residual spray can also be used to kill subterranean termites. This type of spray will last for several months and will help to keep the problem under control.


Signs of Subterranean Termites

> Mud Tubes

One of the most obvious signs of subterranean termites is the presence of mud tubes. These tubes are made by the termites and are used to travel from their nests to their food source.

signs of Subterranean termites - mud tubes


> Damaged Wood

Another sign of subterranean termites is damaged wood. These termites will eat away at the wood in your home, causing it to become weak and eventually crumble.


> Swarms

Subterranean termites will also swarm, which is when they mate and produce new colonies. This usually happens in the springtime and you may see them around your home or in the yard. If you do see a swarm, it is important to call a pest control professional as soon as possible.


Subterranean Termites Habits

> What Do They Eat

Subterranean termites use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species, subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose.


> Their Habitat

Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies containing caste systems. Typical colonies have three distinct castes: reproductives, workers and soldiers.


A typical, mature subterranean termite colony can consist of anywhere between 60,000 and two million workers. Subterranean termites use their scissor-like jaws to eat wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like other termite species, subterranean termites also feed on products containing cellulose.


> Their Behaviour

Their behaviour includes :

– eating wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week

– building mud tubes to travel through

– entering structures through cracks less than 1/16″ (1-2 mm) wide.


Traveling through their distinctive mud tubes, subterranean termites can enter structures through cracks less than 1/16″ (1-2 mm) wide.


Other Questions About Subterranean Termites

Are subterranean termites harmful?

Subterranean termites can cause extensive damage. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.

Even a smaller colony, at 60,000 workers, has the ability to eat 1/5 ounce—or 5 grams—of wood each day. Over time, subterranean termites can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.


Where do subterranean termites go?

Because subterranean termites usually do not build their nests in wood, they must forage for food away from the nest.

Subterranean termite colonies also may be established when an existing colony is divided. Colonies send workers to look for new food sources. If a new supply is found, then more individuals are recruited to the site.


Where can subterranean termites be found?

Subterranean termites can be found infesting fallen trees, stumps, or other dead wood in contact with the soil in a forest, a landscape, or inside structural lumber in houses. What makes subterranean termites thrive?


What do they need to survive other than wood?

They need moisture to survive: Subterranean termites require moist environments. To satisfy this need, they usually nest in or near the soil, and they maintain some connection with the soil through tunnels in wood or through shelter tubes.

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Subterranean termite baiting systems feed termites who then take the bait back to their nests. 
This type of system can lead to the termite eradication by killing of the entire colony either by the sharing of the insecticides or the killing off of the worker termites in order to starve the rest of the colony.
Treating the soil beneath the building and around foundations when it is still in the process of construction is a good way to prevent termite infestation.
The soil in immediate contact with the foundation and floor structure of a building is treated with an insecticide which kills termites thus forming a toxic barrier which is lethal to termite entry.
Pre-construction anti-termite treatment is done in the early stages of construction so as to prevent termite infestation in the constructed building.
Corrective treatment provides total protection of buildings that were not chemically soil treated during construction stage or the soil treatment was done some years back and the chemical effect has already been bio – degraded. 
To prevent further subterranean termite invasion to the building, corrective treatment will be recommended. This involve injection of termiticide solution around the external building perimeter by rodding or drilling method.
Periodic inspection is recommended if preventive treatment cannot be carried out. 
Early detection is essential to minimise costly damage and repair from any subterranean termite infestation. 
Our qualified Thermographers will scan your home with our Thermal Imaging Camera to identify infestation areas and entry points of the subterranean termite. 
Treatment will then be carried out using our baiting system.
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