subterranean termites in Singapore

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Subterranean Termites In Singapore

Subterranean Termites In Singapore are scientifically referred to as Coptotermes Gestroi, they are the ones of the most notorious and dangerous insect’s pest of wood in Asia. They cause millions of dollars in damage each year and can severely damage a family’s most valuable possession in their home. Subterranean termites live in colonies within the ground and have specialized castes to perform specific colony functions.

Thus, these caste systems made up of three classes: Workers, Soldiers, and Swarmers. Workers take care of the foraging, care for the young, build and repair, and even help defend the colony.

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subterranean termite food

Subterranean termites in Singapore feed on anything that contain wood cellulose and fiber such as paper, cardboard, and plant products. Though their main source of food include dead trees and brush, but when the land is cleared by human intervention and houses get built, termites will start to attack the building structures. Termites can penetrate buildings through wood that sits on soil and through building tunnels called mud tubes in foundations. They can also enter easily through cracks or openings in foundations.

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Subterranean Termite Habitat

Subterranean termites require moist environments which is why they build their distinctive mud tubes to gain access to their sources of food and to protect their colonies from predator. To, however, satisfy this need, they usually nest in or near the soil, kitchen sink, toilet doorframe, skirting near window area  and they maintain connection with the soil through tunnels in wood or mud tubes on the ground in some case these industrious termites can even build tunnels through cracks in the concrete.

Subterranean termites In Singapore

Reproduction

The subterranean termite queens reproduce and lay eggs daily. After mating, the male will die. Termite queens produce a massive quantity of eggs, usually 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year, and can produce over 10,000,000 eggs in its life. During the springtime, reproductive males and females (the swarmer caste) are sent out to breed and create new colonies.

Signs Of Subterranean Termites

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