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About Termites
Termites are small, soft bodied, usually pale coloured insects that feed on wood or other vegetable materials. Many species cause considerable damage to buildings, furniture, fence posts and other cellulose based material resulting in billions of dollars in damages worldwide yearly.

Infested timbers are hollowed out and may endanger lives when the building foundations and beams that are made of wood may eventually collapsed. Termites are social with caste differentiation insects, they may consist of the queen, supplementary reproductives, soldiers and workers depending on species. The worker Termites are small, pale coloured insects and they do the main work of the colony, feeding, constructing galleries . They are the largest in numbers and are the main cause of the damage.

There are over 2000 species of termites in the world, however the two main types of Termites that caused property damges that were found in Singapore are:

• Drywood Termites
• Subterranean Termites
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Drywood Termites
Drywood Termites are usually found in dry wood above ground and can exist without contact with the soil. Nests are constructed in wood and infestations in timber are often without any visible signs of attack, except expelled frass (wood refuse/excrement) on surface nearby. They attack buildings, furniture, utility poles and piled lumber.

Subterranean Termites
Subterranean Termites are the most destructive pests of building in warm climates. They usually nest in the ground as they require a substantial supply of moisture for the maintenance of the health of the colony.

The colony lives in a series of chambers and galleries from which they construct mud/ shelter foraging tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists etc. for movements to and from sources of food. Capable of penetrating narrow cracks in concrete and sub- level structures, they invade structures without visible signs until extensive damages had been caused. They can also infested buildings through winged termites known as “swarmers”.

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