CUGE-ECO-3115 Ecology of Singapore Termites

People everywhere have heard about termites, either directly or indirectly. There is estimated to be about 2750 species of termites in the world. They are widely distributed around the world, however their greatest abundance in number and species are found in tropical rainforests. Conversely, only less than 10% of these termites are considered pests to man.

Termites are social insects much like ants and bees, however, genetically they are closer related to cockroaches. Termites are important. They are destructive, often destroying wooden structures or vegetable matter/trees valuable to humans. They are also extremely beneficial in that they convert plant cellulose into substances that can be recycled into the ecosystem to support new growth.

Learn about the amazing world of termites, their capabilities and their importance in the tropical ecosystem. Meet the species of termites in Singapore and understand the detection, protection and control techniques employed here in Singapore.


This course will give participants a good understanding of the termites in the environment. Participants will learn how to detect termites, understand which are beneficial and which are destructive. Examples of ways to prevent termites and control against current infestations in Singapore will also be detailed. Learn about the environmental impact of termites, the environmental impact of the chemicals used in their control, and the nutritional importance of the microbes involved in the digestion of cellulose. Participants will also learn how to prepare an area prior to planting or landscaping to prevent against termites.

Participants will gain knowledge to be able to diagnose termite infestations, understand the risk associated with the termite infestation and make effective decisions on control and prevention strategies.


  • Types of termites in Singapore
  • Common species of Singaporean termites
  • Termite biology and biology
  • Termite digestion
  • Termite foraging cues and patterns
  • Detection techniques
  • Termite prevention techniques
  • Termite control/elimination techniques
  • Identification of termites species in the wild


  • Horticulturists
  • Arborists
  • Facilities managers
  • Landscape architects
  • Conservationists


Carl Baptista has worked with insects for 20 years, from killing them to breeding them, to conserving them. His progression from serial insect killer, to medicine man, to bee whisperer has been a biology journey with many twists and turns. He graduated from King’s College London, with a Biotechnology degree and has published several peer reviewed papers in the fields of entomology, biotechnology, biochemistry and clinical medicine. Specialization does not suit him. He currently consults in Singapore and regionally on a variety of topics from urban entomology on resort islands to biological control of Lepidotera on roadside trees. He is also the co-founder of Pollen Nation.


Professional Certification


ISA Certified Arborist


Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH)








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