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Termites in Singapore (also known as ‘white ants’) thrive and grow very well in our tropical climate with high humidity and rainfall. There are two main species of termites capable of causing extensive damage, leading to costly repairs and structural failure.

The two species of termites in Singapore are the subterranean termite and the drywood termite. Regardless of the species, both can feed on wood for 24 hours a day without resting.

In Singapore, termites come from the following:

  • Underground soil
  • Infested wooden furniture
  • Via mud tubes
  • Flying alates

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What happens with termites?

Pile of powdery wood: Evidence of drywood termite activity

Electrical wirings can be damaged, posing fire risks

Termites feed from the inside out & consume beyond timber

Termite damage not only weakens structure, it also brings large financial implications

Understanding Termites

Where do termites come from?

Termites have the ability to travel upwards and horizontally. Many would suggest that termites come from wood. However, that’s just one of the many things termite feed on. Generally, termites form colonies that are established in the ground or soil.

Do termites cause harm to human?

Termites do not transmit harmful diseases, hence, they do not have a direct health impact on human. However, they pose as a serious concern as they feed on cellulose, which are present in wood. Depending on the severity, complexity and duration of the termite infestation, it can potentially leave you with a weakened structure that can lead to a collapsed ceiling. In some cases, they can cause fire from damaged wirings.

Types of homes that are more at risk of termites

The choice of a certain home design and feature can make your home more susceptible and vulnerable to a termite infestation.

  • House that are built without applying a pre-construction termite treatment
  • Properties that uses untreated lumber can become a potential food source for termites to feed on
  • Older houses that are poorly maintained with high moisture and bad housekeeping practices can attract pests
  • Properties that utilises plenty of wood materials for its exterior and interior design. These can include wooden furniture, fences and structure.
  • Homes with past termite infestations that has not been treated by a pest control specialist
  • Houses that have not been inspected by a pest control professional for potential pest infestation issues

Rentokil’s termite control solutions

Termite control and termite treatment in Singapore require professionally trained specialists who have good understanding of the biology, living and feeding habits of termites in Singapore.

Rentokil Singapore is a leading pest control company and pest specialist who is able to design different termite control solutions for different needs. Our termite control treatment is backed by Rentokil Termite Warranty.

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