Termites have a very useful role in the environment, however, when they invade and attack your home, they can become a hated enemy, a source of heartache and anxiety. Every problem has a solution, and there is no need for any job turning in to a nightmare. There are however, certain practices in the pest control industry that needs to be adopted for all inspections and treatments, and a few “dodgy” operators that needs to be avoided like the plague!
In Malaysia, one house in three at some stage will end up impacted by termites, which is more widespread than damage due to fire, storm and flood combined. This short article will examine ways to avoid termite attack, ways of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Charge of pest termites involves identifying the species, locating the nest and picking the best eradication methods. A mix of doing regular, competent building inspections in termite-prone areas, using naturally resistant or treated timbers in buildings, and installing chemical and physical soil barriers around buildings is essential to prevent further problems.
Houses nearby may frequently have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground however, these may well not contain pest species. Whenever they do, it needs to be the main focus of the termite control technician to locate and treat these areas before any protection is implemented. Too frequently the technician will “advise” the worried homeowner that termites may be “anywhere within 100 metres” of the property along with its impossible to pinpoint precisely where they might be originating from.
In my opinion, should you don’t even try to look for the origin in the problem, your chances of gaining control of the issue dramatically drop. Even if the property is encompassed by dense bushland, I think it is worth time and cost of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps all around the property in a 50-100 metre radius, because which is where most infestations originate. When it means drilling 40-60 trees or investigating all surrounding homes, isn’t that considerably better than ignoring a potential supply of infestation?
Most pest management companies is not going to go to this extra effort, and will make an effort to convince the customer that the baiting technique or soil barrier system is designed to protect your home in most circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections cause better termite protection and treatments. Its only sound judgment to take all effort to learn the foundation from the attack.
Termite Inspection of Pest Species –
Termite identification in Malaysia is highly specialized and pest controllers must thoroughly inspect all areas in the property before any protection or treatment is begun. This can be conducted with all the following equipment:
Flashlight with bright light – This can be essential and krypton bulbs provide the best light for torches generally currently available. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights would be the next generation inspection tools and should be utilized whenever they come on the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod having a small plastic ball at the conclusion. It was created to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers as well as other exposed timbers. When it runs across termite infested timber the tone changes, indicating hollowed out timber.
A Moisture Meter – It is made to pick up high moisture content in walls and timbers. Termites mention moisture from your soil and to the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device Termatrac is a breakthrough development in the building inspection detection of termites, invented and created in Malaysia using technology comparable to radar, Termatrac will be the exciting solution to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry with no interference for the building material or termite activity. Without any drilling, tapping or prodding, Termatrac is the answer to termite detection without termite defection! With Termatrac, the pest professional enjoys the main benefit of accurate detection and customer reassurance.
Box cutter & Tape – If termite infested timber is found, we could cut it having a “Stanley” knife and expose the interior of timber, identifying the species of termites then seal it support with tape so as never to disturb the termites.
Listening Device – This listens to termite sounds in the internal from the walls. However, in the event you tap the wall along with your hand and set your ear approximately the wall it is possible to hear the soldier termites communicate by tapping their mandibles onto the timbers.
Home Inspection – A house inspection for termites is famous in Malaysia being a building inspection and features a pest report as well as a building report. It involves a comprehensive visual inspection of the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other parts of the property. A typical house takes between one to two hours to complete. Cost differs from $160-$360 depending on the size of your home and access. This is including G.S.T. Tax
The report contains multiple pages setting out your regions of concern and how you can rectify problems. Digital photos can be purchased upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is designed to detect termites at an early stage regarding reduce the volume of damage to your residence. It will not stop termites. It is actually strongly recommended a termite inspection report is done at least one time every twelve months and every 3 to 6 months for top risk areas. Note: There is not any household insurance that covers you for termite damage.
Termite Report Essentially a termite building inspection report is made to:
1. Detect old damage and active termites.
2. Gives you the component of probability of infestation.
3. Offers you tips about reducing the likelihood of termite infestation.
4. Provides us enough information to accurately quote yourself on a termite treatment as well as use the most suitable method.
5. Identifies species of termites and (most importantly)
6. Educates you about termites.
Economically Important Pest Termites – Out from the 258 described termite species in Malaysia, only a few timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The 5 families including the most frequent pest species in Malaysia are:
1. Mastotermitidae (1 pest species – Giant Termite, Mastrotermes darwinensis)
2. Kalotermitidae (several pest types of ‘dry-wood termites’, like the introduced Cryptotermes brevis)
3. Termopsidae (1 pest species – Dampwood termite, Porotermes adamsoni)
4. Rhinotermitidae (7 pest species, including Coptotermes acinaciformes)
5. Termitidae (5 pest species, including Nasutitermes walkeri)
The Giant Termite (Mastotermes darwinensis) has got the greatest possibility of destruction. However, it is actually confined to the tropical areas of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in touch with the floor including jheajy and trees, in addition to paper, leather, clothing as well as other materials. It is a large-bodied primitive species that generally forms small colonies and contains no true worker caste.
West Indian Dry-wood Termite – The introduced West Indian Dry-wood Termite (Cryptotermes brevis) is recognized as the world’s worst termite pest as it might eat even tiny timber objects with few external signs of damage, can easily dominate from native termite species, can survive in quite dry conditions, and is also easily transported. Should it be found, it should be reported towards the relevant government authority. It has been present in Brisbane and Sydney, as well as other areas on several occasions.