Termites

Termites Control Services Singapore – The Wood Eater

Commonly found termites in Singapore:

  • Subterranean Termites, Coptotermes spp.
  • Drywood Termites

General Termites Identification

  • Incomplete metamorphosis
  • Egg -> nymph -> adult
  • Termites have straight pointing beady antennas
  • They look quite similar to ants but are pale white to a pale yellow
  • A swarm of termites can be darker colored, much like most species of ants
  • The reproductive adult termite’s pairs of wings are the same size
  • While the flying ant’s wings are not
  • Presence can be determined by wood colored fecal pellets or by mud tubes
  • They live in caste system which consist of reproductive, workers and soldiers
  • All three castes have different roles to play within the colony
  • The Queen has the longest life span, up to decades under ideal climate conditions
  • Workers and soldiers live up to 2 years
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Fun facts

  • Termites are actually important decomposers
  • They break down tough plant fibers, recycling dead & decaying trees into new soil
  • Termites work 24 hours per day and never sleep
  • Due to some resemblance to ants, they are often called as “White Ants”
  • The Queen lays millions of eggs during her lifetime
  • In Singapore, two-inch long termite queens are considered a yummy food treat
  • Termites are social insects
  • The queen lays eggs and workers find food and maintain the nest
  • Workers will share the food throughout the entire colony
  • This process is called trophollaxis
  • The best measure to manage termites is through baiting
  • Where the workers will then share the baits to the rest of the colony
  • Soldiers’ role is to ensure safety of the colony
  • Termite soldiers when sense danger to the colony will sound the alarm
  • By banging their heads against the gallery walls
  • This sends warning vibrations throughout the colony
  • There are about 2,000 known species throughout the world
  • It is reported to cause more than $5 billion in property damage worldwide
  • They use pheromones for interactions and to control each other’s behavior
  • They leave scent trails to guide other workers using special glands on their chests