Latin Name for Termites
What do Termites look like?
There are over 2,000 different species of termites in the world, but the termite species that cause property damage in Singapore are primarily of the Coptotermes.
Termites typically measure between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch long and have soft bodies with straight antennae. The queens and kings are larger, capable of reaching over one inch long.
Colors range from white to light brown where worker termites often appear lighter while swarming termites are darker.
How Do We Get Rid of Termites?
Based on the layout of your home and the degree of termite infestation, Greencare will create a customized treatment plan tailored for your home, based on your specific circumstances and termite species. This includes a variety of treatments such as Termidor liquid, dry foam, and Sentricon bait.
Did You Know
Termites fill one of three roles: workers, soldiers or reproductives. Workers are responsible for gathering food for the colony, maintaining the nest, and caring for the young. Soldiers protect the termite colony by using their large mandibles to fend off predators. Reproductives are the only sexually mature members of the colony, apart from queens and kings.
Frequently Asked Questions About Termites
How Did I Get Termites?
Termites often invade homes from yards, via cracks or gaps around pipes and wires. Homeowners can also get termites from:
- Wooden structures, like porches and decks, in direct contact with the ground
- Damp soil near foundations from leaking faucets, gutters, or downspouts
- Trees and shrubs planted close to the building
How Serious Are Termites?
A termite infestation and damage can be devastating to your home or property. Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials.
What Are the Signs of a Termite Infestation?
Some indications you may have a termite infestation:
- A temporary swarm of winged insects in your home or from the soil around your home
- Any cracked or bubbling paint or frass (termite droppings)
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Mud tubes on exterior walls, wooden beams or in crawl spaces
- Discarded wings from swarmers
How Do Termites Reproduce?
Workers are responsible for gathering and feeding the colony members, maintaining the nest, and caring for young. Soldiers protect the termite colony using their large mandibles to fend off predators. Reproductives are the only sexually mature members of the colony, aside from queens and kings.
The life cycle of the termite begins with a mating flight, wherein swarming winged reproductive males and females leave established colonies and procreate. After fertilization, winged termites land and shed their wings, going on to form new colonies. These insects then become the king or queen termites of their newly established colonies. The queen and king termites are at the center of the termite life cycle and are responsible for reproduction.
After the fertilized queen lays her eggs, they hatch into pale white larvae.
Eggs hatch into larvae and molt (shed their exoskeletons) to develop into workers, soldiers, primary reproductives and secondary reproductives. A nymph is a young termite that is going through molts to become a reproductive.
The termite growth process begins with a process called molting. First, a termite develops a soft exoskeleton under its current, hard exoskeleton. Then, once the termite has reached maturity, its outermost skeleton splits open, and the new exoskeleton enlarges and hardens. This molting process continues throughout a termite’s life cycle based on the colony’s needs.
Over the course of several molts, these larvae grow to assume a role in one of the three termite colony castes: workers, soldiers and reproductive termites, also known as alates.
How Do I Prevent a Termite Infestation?
Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of Greencare’s termite treatment plan. Small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter termites.
Eliminate Moisture Problems
- Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units
- Divert water from foundation
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
- Remove excessive plant cover and wood mulch
- Get rid of standing water on roof
- Keep all vents clear and open
- Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
Remove Termite Food Sources
- Keep lumber or paper away from foundation or crawl space
- Get rid of stumps and debris near house
- Place screens on outside vents
- Check decks and wooden fences for damage
- Wood on your home shouldn’t contact the soil