Swarmers are a reproductive termite caste. Their main responsibility is to fly out and find the
perfect conditions to start a colony. Swarmers are often spotted during rainy season. They are attracted to lights. When they look for a mate, the male will follow a female and then they will find suitable ground to breed. Humidity and an abundant food source are the main factors for a thriving colony.
Are Swarmers termites? If I find them in my house does that mean I have a termite
Swarmers, dead or alive, will make homeowners anxious of a termite infestation in their home. However, a colony will create swarmers only after it is well established, mostly after the colony is at least one year old.
If any house has a termite colony that is about one year old, the house would have some form of damage and100-200 swarmers would fly out from a specific area of the house.
How did swarmers enter my house? Don’t be alarmed. Swarmers have a very short life span. If they can’t find the perfect place to start a colony, they will die within 24 hours. That is why sometimes people find termite wings, or many dead swarmers in the house. Swarmers can enter the house through spaces between windows, doors, the roof, or even
Would termite services also eliminate ants and cockroaches?
Since several species of ants also build their colony in soil, a termite treatment might have an impact against the ant’s colony. However, it does not always repel ants or cockroaches. Each species has its own harborage areas and preferences that are different from termites. Should you still find issues concerning ants and cockroaches, you can contact us for more information.
What if my house doesn't have a pipe treatment system?
For the house with no pipe reticulation system, floor drilling might be an alternative. Floor drilling is required to access the basement soil. The injector rods will be inserted to reach down to the base of the house, enabling the chemicals to be passed down from the injector rod into the soil.
For homes having no termite activities, the drilling might be omitted. Soil treatment around the house along with in-house treatment will be sufficient to create protection barrier for the house. However, the theoretical effectiveness is less than that of floor drilling.
Basic Rodent Prevention (DIY)
If you are facing rodent issues, try checking around your house. If you have trees within 1 meter of your house, make sure you trim and cut the branches that extend close to your house. Rodents can climb and jump from tree branches on to your roof.
If you find cracks, crevices, or any spaces that allow the rodent to enter your
premise such as wall cracks, space between the cement and drain pipes, make sure
you seal them.
Don’t forget to clean and close your garbage bin to reduce food for rodent.
Rodents and gnawing habits
Rodents’ chance of surviving is highly dependent on their gnawing habit. Strong jaws and ever-growing teeth are used to gnaw their way through toward their food sources. They also gnaw their way to find suitable harborage areas, assist in climbing, and is one of the main arsenals to fight off their predators.
In rural areas, rodent may gnaw through tree trunks or roots to make suitable nest. Similarly, in city and suburban areas, rodents may gnaw through doors, windows, and walls to find a suitable nesting site.
Interestingly, rodents are prone to gnaw on wires, including utility wires and car wires inflicting high repair costs for many households. Why do they choose to gnaw on wires?
There is no major research on this topic to reach a definitive conclusion, but the experts believe certain properties of the wire may have attracted rodents. It might be the wire’s shape or length which resemble tree branches. It might be the electrical vibration within the wire that affects rodent’s nervous system that makes them feel like they are hearing a running water or an insect walking on a tree branch.
However, we can conclude that gnawing habit is crucial for rodent to survive. It is embedded in their instinct. When they sneak into a property, they are just doing what the instinct says - find food, water, and a place to nest. Therefore, they will gnaw through structures to make a path toward their needed resources. They gnaw relentlessly. This habit does them not harm; in fact, chewing even help their forever-growing teeth to be in good length.
Mosquitos and Flying Insects
Mosquitoes are found all over the world. We all have been bitten by them not only once or
twice. Mosquitos are carrier of many dangerous disease such as Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue fever, and more.
- Mosquitos frequently found in Thailand
- Common house mosquitos
- Aedes mosquitos
- Marsh mosquitos
Powder Post Beetle
Powder Post Beetle is another wood-destroying pest that causes damage no less than
Gnats & Flies
These small flies can be found anywhere; most common types include Fruit Flies, Eye Gnats,
and Drain Flies.
- There are a number of types that you find in Thailand, including:
- Fruit flies/vinegar flies
- Drain flies
- Eye gnat
- Drain flies
Drain Flies are considered weak fliers. They often rest and walk along surfaces. They can fly for a short distance with an irregular pattern. They are frequently found resting along the walls near drain and on the outside of the
building where there are shades.
- Types of flies commonly find include:
Cockroach is a prehistoric pest known to adapt very well to fit its environment. Present day, they are one of the toughest pests to eradicate. They can live anywhere, in any condition, and can feed on variety of food. They can lay eggs throughout their lives. Cockroaches are not social insects, but do live in large groups. Cockroaches feed on anything that may give them nutrients.
Cockroaches not only cause nuisance, they also are vectors of several diseases and are
known to cause allergies. There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches, but only several are
frequently found in Thai homes.
Ants are one of the most common pests found in homes. They contaminate food, equipment, cooking ingredients which then need to be thrown away. Moreover, certain species of ants may cause skin irritation and allergy. Frequently found ants in Thailand include:
Rodents are among the most successful of all mammals, because they are extraordinarily adaptive toward their living conditions. In addition, they are capable of producing at a rapid rate thus making eradication program difficult.
Senses of smell and touch are crucial for rodent. These two senses are the key for their survival and help them avoid danger. Though rodents are keen with smell and touch, it does not mean that their other senses are less effective. Rodents are good with their hearing. Their eyesight enables them to forage at night and are highly sensitive toward predatorial movements.
They mark their territory along their food sources, and diligently search for new harborage areas to store food. They often harbor in covered places, warmth, and are close to their food source.
Some types of rodents have been known to live alongside human. They are acquainted with our living condition. With their highly adaptive skills, they can make most places their home. As a quick learner from past experiences and having good memories, rodents are known to be smart and cunning.
Rodents are known to chew their way in to find food. Rodents’ teeth are capable of tearing up iron, woods, copper, and aluminum. For this reason, traces of rodent’s infestation may come in forms of chewed electrical cords, air-con system malfunction, chewed plastics, chewed food packages, etc.
Rodent not only bring nuisance, but also disease.
Rodents commonly found in homes
- Sewer Rat or Norway Rat
- Roof Rat
- House Mouse