Termites have got a useful role within our environment, but when they invade and attack your house, they can become a hated enemy, a source of heartache and anxiety. Every problem features a solution, and there is absolutely no necessity for any job turning into a nightmare. There are however, certain practices in the pest management industry that should be adopted for all inspections and treatments, and some “dodgy” operators that should be avoided like the plague!
In Malaysia, one house in three at some stage will end up afflicted with termites, which is more widespread than damage brought on by fire, storm and flood combined. This article will examine how to prevent termite attack, ways of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Charge of pest termites involves identifying the species, choosing the nest and picking the best eradication methods. A combination 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 stop further problems.
Houses nearby may frequently have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground but these may not contain pest species. When they do, it needs to be the main focus in the termite control technician to locate and treat these areas before any protection is implemented. Many times the technician will “advise” the worried homeowner that termites could be “anywhere within 100 metres” from the property along with its impossible to pinpoint specifically where they might be originating from.
In my view, should you don’t even try to find out your origin of the problem, your chances of gaining control over the problem dramatically drop. Even when the property is surrounded by dense bushland, I think it is worth enough time and cost of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps around the property inside a 50-100 metre radius, because that is certainly where most infestations originate. When it means drilling 40-60 trees or investigating all surrounding homes, isn’t that much better than ignoring a potential way to obtain infestation?
Most pest control companies will never head to this extra effort, and will try to convince the client that their baiting technique or soil barrier system was created to protect your property in most circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections result in better termite protection and treatments. Its only common sense to adopt all effort to learn the origin of the attack.
Termite Inspection of Pest Species –
Termite identification in Malaysia is highly specialized and pest controllers have to thoroughly inspect all areas of the property before any protection or treatment solutions are begun. This might be conducted with all the following equipment:
Flashlight with bright light – This really is essential and krypton bulbs give the best light for torches generally available today. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights are the next generation inspection tools and must be applied whenever they come to the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod with a small plastic ball at the conclusion. It is made to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers and other exposed timbers. If it runs across termite infested timber the tone changes, indicating hollowed out timber.
A Moisture Meter – It is made to get high moisture content in walls and timbers. Termites mention moisture from your soil and into the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device Termatrac is a breakthrough development within the building inspection detection of termites, invented and developed in Malaysia using technology comparable to radar, Termatrac is definitely the exciting solution to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry without interference to 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 peace of mind.
Box cutter & Tape – If termite infested timber is located, we might cut it with a “Stanley” knife and expose the inner of timber, identifying the types of termites then seal it support with tape in order to not disturb the termites.
Listening Device – This listens to termite sounds inside the internal of the walls. However, should you tap the wall with your hand and set your ear as much as the wall you are able to hear the soldier termites communicate by tapping their mandibles to the timbers.
Home Inspection – A property inspection for termites is famous in Malaysia being a building inspection and includes a pest report and a building report. It involves a complete visual inspection from the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other areas of the property. A typical house takes between one to two hours to accomplish. Cost differs from $160-$360 depending on the size of the home and access. This is including G.S.T. Tax
The report contains multiple pages setting out the areas of concern and how you can rectify problems. Digital photos can be purchased upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is made to detect termites in an early stage concerning reduce the quantity of damage to your home. It can not stop termites. It is strongly recommended a termite inspection report is carried out at least once every twelve months and every three to six months for top risk areas. Note: There is no household insurance that covers you for termite damage.
Termite Report Essentially a termite building inspection report is designed to:
1. Detect old damage and active termites.
2. Offers you the element of chance of infestation.
3. Gives you tips on reducing the chances of termite infestation.
4. Offers us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite treatment and to use the best method.
5. Identifies types of termites and (most importantly)
6. Educates you about termites.
Economically Important Pest Termites – Out of the 258 described termite species in Malaysia, only a few timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The five 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’, including 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) provides the greatest potential for destruction. However, it is actually restricted to the tropical regions of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in contact with the floor including jheajy and trees, in addition to paper, leather, clothing and other materials. It is a large-bodied primitive species that typically forms small colonies and has no true worker caste.
West Indian Dry-wood Termite – The introduced West Indian Dry-wood Termite (Cryptotermes brevis) is regarded as the world’s worst termite pest as it might eat even tiny timber objects with few external signs of damage, can quickly take control from native termite species, can survive in quite dry conditions, and it is easily transported. When it is found, it should be reported to the relevant government authority. It really has been found in Brisbane and Sydney, along with other areas on several occasions.