Termites consume cellulosic material from dead wood or wood by-products. In Malaysia, Subterranean termites are usually the primary species that destroys human made structures including furniture, paper, books and other wooden objects. They are essential in nature as they decompose fallen timbers to make way for new growth in the jungle, albeit being feared by most homeowners because of the damages and cost incurred. Termites may forage through houses that are developed on top of their habitat (soil beneath the ground) to seek for sustenance, hence finding their way into your home. Besides causing a huge headache to the architectural design and the beauty of your home, termite could damage the structural integrity of the building as well. That is why there are increased educational activities in recent years to create awareness on termite infestation in Malaysia. Notably, due to the fact that this pest is a silent destroyer, homeowners will take precautionary actions to prevent termite attacks on their home and also to keep them away. In hindsight, there are also people who couldn’t care less and will only look for professional services after the infestation occurs.
Here are the top 3 common signs of a termite infestation:
- Swarmers – Can be winged male or female termite adults that emerge when humidity is high and are attracted to bright lights. Their presence can be confirmed with the sightings of discarded termite wings on window sills, floors etc.
- Termite mud trails – These shelter tubes are constructed when they leave their underground tunnels to look for food to protect their bodies from heat and light.
- Damaged and hollowed wood – Termites will eat almost all of the inside of the wood while leaving a wafer thin veneer on the surface, leaving no evidence of their activity.
Take a look at the infographic below on some sharing of interesting and fun termite facts and learn more on methods in keeping termite infestation at bay. Little remedy goes a long way in protecting your sanctuary effectively!