How does these mini Termites and Ants cause damages to your property?
Any homeowner could be taken by surprise by an infestation. You need to understand basic pest biology facts to differentiate between termites and ants that would appear in your home. Let’s take a look at a few points that will help you differentiate one from the other more easily.
Physical Attributes: There is a slight physical difference between the two pests:
- While termites have a ‘thick’ waist, the ants are known to have ‘thin’ waists.
- Termites have antenna’s that are straight, while ants have slightly curved ones.
- All termites have wings of the same size and shape; ants' wings have different sizes.
Habitual differences: Both ants and termites have different habits:
- Termites need to feed on wood almost 24 hours a day in order to survive while ants feed on water, sweet food, protein and dead insects.
- This small distinction can automatically tell you the difference between the two species; if an infestation is feeding at your wooden walls and structure, then it’s definitely termites.
Nesting differences: the living habits of both these insects vary greatly:
- Termites live in a colony underground the soil. The queen termite can lay up to 160,000 eggs per year and its lifespan is 5 to 10 years. Workers' termites form 95% and soldiers' termites form 5% of the colony.
- Ants build their nests in the outdoors, between cabinets, behind baseboards and in the soil.
Easy ways to detect ant and termite activity:
- The presence of mud shelter tube – made from soil and fecal matter – around windows and wooden components inside your home.
- The presence of damaged and eaten wood by termites.
- Swarmer or discarded wings by termites found on floors.
- Ant trails as they travel to and from their food source in an organised manner.
Major difference between attacks:
The termites have hard, pointy and sharp jaws that help them bite tiny fragments of wood. This small erosion can cause a large detriment to any home. It can cause the ceilings and walls to collapse which would definitely cost any homeowners a hefty sum to repair structural damages.
An ant infestation cannot cause any serious damage to the property, but it is however, visually obvious. When termites become apparent, that’s when you get in serious trouble.
Ways to protect your home:
- Fix broken roof tiles – Termites love moisture, broken roof tiles allow moisture into your home.
- Fix leaking downpipes – Leaking downpipes offer conditions conducive to termite infestations.
- Remove debris from against the home – Overgrown plants, trash, firewood or mulch near or against your home provide food, moisture and concealment for termites
- Close up foundation cracks – Foundation cracks are a great access point to your home for termites.
- Keep garden mulch away from the foundations – Mulch is often made of wood and does its job by maintaining your garden’s moisture
Rentokil to the aid!
Home owners need to consider in engaging professional pest control services for home protection and maintenance against these termites infestation. Rentokil Singapore uses a comprehensive inspection technology to detect presence of termites in landed home.
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