How To Get Rid Of Termites In Singapore

Termites have been damaging homes in Singapore for thousands of years. If you have ever asked:

Are there termites in my home?

-Many customers of Zenith Lab

Chances are that the answer is yes if you have a lot of wooden furniture in your home. And indeed, termites in Singapore can cause a lot of damage to the foundation of your house. Unfortunately, changes caused to your home by termites are often hard to detect and invisible looking from outside in. Once you realize you have a problem, the damage has already occurred. You may wake up one morning to discover your windows and doors are literally falling apart.

Rustic wooden barn door/wall.
If your wooden furniture or wall looks like this (discoloured, blackening, weakened wood), it is definitely a sign of termite infestation in Singapore.

What are termites doing to my home?

The worst part is while termites in your furniture may be your main concern, these stubborn pests may be causing serious damage to the structure of your home. This means the moment you see any sign of termites, you must take the situation very seriously.

You need to take the steps necessary to eliminate termites from your home. Although there are methods and techniques you can use to treat the issue, your best possible option is contacting a pest control service. Pest control professionals understand exactly what must be done to locate the root of the issue before it becomes any worse, and are used to getting rid of termites in Singapore, which means that they

What can a professional do that I can’t?

One of our pest control specialists here at Zenith Lab cleaning up a nasty termite infestation. Note the blackened ceiling.

Professionals are aware of the housing structures in Singapore and have the experience and training required to perform the job effectively. The white termites are often referred to as white ants because they are easily confused with ants. The difference is the waist of a white termite is much thicker than that of an ant. A professional will not be confused.

This will prevent further damage to your home while preventing your financial damage from becoming any greater. The worst part is termites feed on the inside of your home outwards.

The chances of your seeing live termites leaving their colony nest are extremely slim. They will feed on the roof beams, pieces of wooden furniture and door frames of your home. Professionals can detect the presence of termites using heat technology. Understanding the signs of termites is a lot more important than asking yourself are termites in my furniture. One of the key signs is the mud trails termites build to enable them to move around. If your furniture has been compromised, knocking on it will result in a hollow sound.

Preventing Termites is the Best Solution (aka prevention is better than cure!)

Termites swarming in an infestation.
Once termites establish themselves in your home, they can get really nasty, really quickly.

Although there are a lot of ways to get rid of termites naturally, your best option is preventing termites to begin with. You need to ensure both your home and the surrounding areas are dry without any moisture.

During monsoon season here in Singapore, this may not be possible due to the constant rain. This is when you need to have a reputable pest control specialist treat your entire home and plant-soil (if any) with chemicals. Professionals have a lot of experience with preventative maintenance in Singapore.

If you have your home treated a minimum of four to five times per year, you will no longer have to worry about termite damage.

If you have a massive infestation of termites in your home, termite spray or termite bait are no longer viable options. Your home will need to be fumigated. It is critical the area where the termites are coming from is identified quickly.

Termite removal professionals like Zenith Lab use fumigation machines like this one to flush out termites.

A professional termite remover will use a fumigation machine inside of your home to increase the temperature. When the machine is used at a temperature exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 35 minutes, thousands and thousands of termites will be effectively exterminated. Although you can sometimes get rid of termites naturally, professional service is best to make sure that all termites are eradicated and your problem is done for good.

Professionals provide the best termite treatment because they perform their jobs thoroughly. The solutions they will provide you with are permanent as opposed to temporary.

Why are termites so hard to get rid of on my own?

The reason termites are referred to as silent destroyers is because they are difficult to manage. Termites can get through a 0.4mm crack in your home. Once you see the signs, it is already too late. Professionals offer effective termite treatment for your home in an environmentally friendly, safe and effective manner.

Also, specialists know exactly when a home requires termite bait, fumigation, chemicals or termite spray, and will utilize them to the most effective extent possible.

In addition, a professional extermination company will not only get rid of your termites but they will provide you with safety, comfort and peace of mind. Both regular maintenance and early detection are critical tools in your efforts to keep termites out of your home once and for all.

The Importance of Determining the Termite Source

Photo of concentrated asian woman 20s wearing office clothing holding and reading paper documents with perplexity or interest while working at laptop. Termite removal in Singapore.
To eradicate a problem, you must find a source. This also applies to termite removal.

No termite treatment will be effective if you do not know the source. In fact, termites often feed on plant materials and dead woods.

Unless your soil is treated using the correct types of insecticides and pesticides, exterminating termites may be impossible. This is the reason why using a termite spray or placing termite bait is not going to be enough.

You need the techniques and tools available through pest exterminators in Singapore. This is the best way to determine the correct soil treatment for eliminating your termites. One of the keys to successful termite treatment is understanding your soil.

The Right Type of Chemicals

Love your furry friends? We do too. That’s why Zenith Lab uses only pet-safe chemicals that are healthy for you and your family.

When your termite infestation is widespread and stubborn, typical termite spray or termite bait will not be enough. The use of poisonous substances and chemicals may be your only option. This will require, great care, skill and experience.

Exceptional care must be taken whether the substances being used are ecologically safe, environmentally friendly, poisonous chemicals or synthetic.

If you have pets or children in your home, the degree of care required significantly increases. Instead of taking the risk the situation may become worse by using termite bait that may be at best ineffective and at worst poisonous, call a professional.

Factor in Dampness and Moisture

Wet leaves on the floor can cause termites in Singapore.
Termites in Singapore are sometimes caused by damp flooring. Damp flooring happens because you may track wet leaves into the house when you come in.

Termites in Singapore can survive in any area containing moisture or dampness because of the humidly tropical climate. This means every area of your home must be kept as dry as possible. This is especially true if you have wooden furniture in your home.

Your soil may have a critical effect on your flooring. To effectively fight termites, you need to make certain your flooring is free of moisture and dampness and as dry as possible.

Creating Termite Traps

Termites live below ground level in nests. They can be found in your home’s foundation. Preparing a termite bait using timber or cardboard sprinkled with water can be effective in determining if you have an infestation.

Place these objects at the corners outside of your home and check them in three or four days. If the object is teeming with termites, you need to burn it and call in a professional exterminator as quickly as possible.

Treating Termite Infestations With Chemicals

If you have tried to get rid of termites naturally, used termite spray and termite bait without achieving an effective result, you need to have a professional termite treatment. A chemical treatment eliminates termites at the root level. A professional will drill holes of the correct diameter and distance using a drilling machine. They know exactly what angle the machine must be held at and which chemicals need to be poured into the holes until they have reached the saturation level. You may need to stay with a friend or family member for a few days because inhaling these chemicals is hazardous.

Once the necessary length of time has passed, the professionals will use a cement grout mixture to fill in the holes. This is the best treatment for termite control. Regular maintenance treatments after your initial termite treatment will keep your home free of these pests.

A professional will drill holes of the correct diameter and distance using a drilling machine. They know exactly what angle the machine must be held at and which chemicals need to be poured into the holes until they have reached the saturation level. You may need to stay with a friend or family member for a few days because inhaling these chemicals is hazardous.

Once the necessary length of time has passed, the professionals will use a cement grout mixture to fill in the holes. This is the best treatment for termite control. Regular maintenance treatments after your initial termite treatment will keep your home free of these pests.

The Power of Sunlight

Really love the sunlight? Us too, it’s a natural termite killer!

Termites prefer dark places. Arranging your furniture so there are open spaces for sunlight can help deter termites.

Periodically rotate your furniture to make certain every area receives sunlight. Singapore is especially cloudy at times, which makes this technique extra effective. If you’re trying to control termites in a short period of time, this is the best method.

Other Natural Methods

Orange oil is easily bought and is somewhat effective at killing termites in Singapore.

If your infestation is limited, there are some natural methods you can use. You can try creating a termite trap with cardboard coated with cellulose. If you are attracting hundreds of termites, your infestation is already advanced and will require professional termite treatment.

Termites will grow and thrive by enhabiting a moist and dark environment, Understanding termites hate sunlight is important for controlling any potential infestation in your home.

If you discover termites have already infested your wooden furniture, you can expose it to sunlight for a couple of hours by taking it outside. This is provided with the damage is not already too extensive. The combination of the heat and the force of the sun will kill the termites for you. This is not going to be effective if your infestation is too great. Some people consider boric acid a good natural option to keep termites away from their homes. Boric acid works because it prevents termite’s nervous systems from functioning.

The majority of insecticides actually contain some percentage of boric acid. Another option for naturally killing termites is orange oil. This prevents termites from being able to feed so they will eventually starve to death. You need to take care of when you use orange oil because some people are allergic. The problem with trying to eradicate termites by yourself is you are risking the infestation and damage to your home becoming worse. If you even suspect you have termites in your home, your best option is calling in a termite removal professional in Singapore.

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