If you live in Singapore, chances are high that you have noticed that termites tend to flourish because of the humid conditions that we experience during certain months of the year. Termites have survived evolutionary disasters and are known to multiply very quickly. They are known best at eating furniture especially delicate, uncared and old furniture. Therefore, it’s imperative to take certain preventive measures against termites before they wreak havoc on your furniture. Here is the way prevent pesky little bugs from feasting on your furniture.
* Repair leaking plumbing systems in your home
You need to know that water is the number one friend of termites but an enemy of your furniture. For that reason, you need to fix any leakages around your home be it external or internal. As said earlier, these pesky little bugs require water and it may not matter to them where they get the water. Therefore, if there are any leakages in your home, all the advantage for the colony because they won’t have to work hard to get it. However, once you eliminate their water source which is one their requirements for survival, you will be saving your furniture from them.
* Clear any heavy growth or bush around your house
Remember that moisture is the number one friend of termites. Therefore, it is very important to remove any thick vegetation from around your house because it can create regions of intense moisture necessary for termite’s survival. Termites like inhabiting in wet areas so it is good to disappoint them as often as you can.
* Store excess firewood and building materials away from your homestead
Since wood is the primary food source to all termites, you should then keep excess firewood away from your house. Any piece of wood touching the floor provides an invitation to the hungry pesky little bugs. You could create barriers under the wood if your home is not big enough to allow for a separate wood storage away from your house to prevent access to the termites. Heavy-duty metal pillars or thick concrete slabs can also be used to elevate the excess wood off the ground.
* Get an expert to inspect your home for termites
An annual inspection will save your home especially the furniture with early detection. These termites usually go unnoticed especially when they attack your furniture hence an annual inspection by trained pest specialists is recommended. These specialists also offer suggestions to help prevent invasion if termites aren’t found in your house in the process of inspection. A once year inspection also helps the trained pest specialists catch something that you might have missed.
* Don’t place mulch near your home
Mulch is known to provide a water source and food source to termites. The very qualities of mulch which make it perfect for use in our gardens are the same qualities that tend to attract termites. Therefore, it is becomes very easy for a colony to occupy your home if you’ve placed mulch just next to it. Therefore, it is advisable to use one of the rubber mulches which may be available at your local home improvement center – good alternative than wood mulch. The rubber mulches tend to have similar benefits of wood mulch without necessarily posing the risk of termite attacks.
* Drill a small hole in a section of your furniture
Once you drill a hole into that inconspicuous section of your furniture, you can pump insecticide into the hole inform of aerosol or liquid spray. A good insecticide is the liquid termiticide which immediately mobilizes termites upon exposure. Another one is the subterranean bait which helps in eliminating the huge colony at its source and acts as a good deterrent to termite invasion. On the other hand, always use a broad range of insecticides.
Spotting termites in your furniture may be quite difficult because they are somehow invincible but it is recommended that once you detect any, take immediate action because they really multiply at the speed of light.