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Get rid of Termites

Termites are pests because they feed voraciously on wood and may also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard, boxes and a variety of other items.


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Termites

Drywood termites

Drywood termites are social insects, living in small organised colonies (a few thousand individuals) within sound, dry wood above ground level. Moisture is not as important to drywood termites as it is to subterranean termites. They require as little as 2.5 – 3% moisture and usually nest in dry undecayed woods such as softwoods and low-density hardwood timber structures, wood furniture, floorings, structural woodworks, dead trees, dry part of tree stumps, etc.

Subterranean termites

Subterranean termites are a group of highly destructive social insect pests that inhabit the urban environment. They nest beneath the soil and dependent on soil for moisture, which are differ from drywood and dampwood termites. In some instances, they may build a subsidiary nest that may not require contact with the ground, particularly where there is reliable moisture source. Hence, a subsidiary nest can be established anywhere, including top floors of high-rise buildings.

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Commonly asked questions about termite treatment

What is a termiticide?
It is a type of chemical used for the control of termites. Each is extensively tested for effectiveness by proper authorities and registered by the Ministry of the Environmental.

Will the wood in my home be treated?
Direct treatment of the wood is seldom done since the soil application procedure will eliminate the majority of subterranean termite problems. If required, there are special products available to the professional to effectively remove termites from the wood.

Will there be an odour?
There might be a slight odour from the treatment but it should only last a short period of time.

Are termiticides a danger to my health?
Studies show that when termiticides are applied according to label directions no adverse health effects occur to persons applying the product or to occupants of the treated building.

Treatments

Soil treatment, also known as Slab Injection. This is the next best preventive measure. This process consists of drilling through the slab floor and injecting a specially formulated Anti-Termite Solution. Applying termiticides to soil around the exterior foundation creates a complete chemical barrier around the existing buildings and structures.

Corrective treatment

Subterranean termites are the most damaging species among termites. They must, however, be in regular contact with water. Hence, they nest underground sometimes attacking timber foundations. Subterranean termites differ from the dry-wood and damp-wood termites in that colonies usually need to maintain contact with the soil in order to acquire enough water to survive. In some cases, where structural timbers are sufficiently moist, colonies are able to survive without ground contact. The underground colony lives in a series of chambers and galleries from which they construct mud tubes to the wood which they use as food. They can also nest above the ground if there is a constant source of water such as from a leaking pipe or air-conditioner.

Regular inspections

When the above two methods cannot be employed, SITA’s well-trained technicians will protect your property with a systematic monthly or two-monthly programme of checks. The regular inspections maintain vigilance and minimise damage through early detection and treatment.

Control

  • Ideally, ensure that all wooden items be kept at least 20 cm above the ground.
  • Remove decaying tree stumps and wooden debris.
  • Trees should be planted away from the house.
  • Replace with concrete all wood that’s in contact with soil
  • Because termites are seldom discovered until the damage caused is visible (and very costly to rectify), only a professional can safely say if your property is infested, and most definitely, only a professional can treat the problem.
  • Termiticides are necessary to treat a termite infestation, and this termiticide can only be handled by a licensed pest control operator.
  • There are two main forms of professional termite control:
  • Soil Treatment for the preconstruction phase of a building
  • Corrective Treatment(Slab Injection) for properties already built

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