Termites have a very useful role within our environment, however, when they invade and attack your house, they can turn into a hated enemy, a source of heartache and anxiety. Every problem includes a solution, and there is no need for any job turning into a nightmare. You can find however, certain practices in the pest control industry that should be adopted for all inspections and treatments, and some “dodgy” operators that needs to be avoided such as the plague!
In Malaysia, one house in three at some stage can become afflicted with termites, which can be more prevalent than damage brought on by fire, storm and flood combined. This short article will examine ways to avoid termite attack, ways of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Control 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 important to stop further problems.
Houses nearby may usually have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground however, these may well not contain pest species. Once they do, it needs to be the main target from the termite control technician to discover and treat these areas before any protection is implemented. Many times the technician will “advise” the worried homeowner that termites might be “anywhere within 100 metres” from the property and its impossible to pinpoint specifically where they could be coming from.
For me, if you don’t even look for out the origin of the problem, your chances of gaining control over the issue dramatically drop. Even if the house is in the middle of dense bushland, I think it is worth 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 considerably better than ignoring a potential source of infestation?
Most pest control companies is not going to go to this extra effort, and definately will try to convince the client that the baiting technique or soil barrier system was created to protect your house in all circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections lead to better termite protection and treatments. Its only common sense to take all effort to find out the foundation in the attack.
Termite Inspection of Pest Species –
Termite identification in Malaysia is very specialized and pest controllers must thoroughly inspect every area in the property before any protection or treatment solutions are begun. This can be conducted using 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 would be the next generation inspection tools and must be used whenever they come onto the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod having a small plastic ball at the end. It is designed to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers and 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 bring up moisture through the soil and into the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device Termatrac is a breakthrough development in the building inspection detection of termites, invented and developed in Malaysia using technology much like radar, Termatrac will be the exciting answer to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry with no interference towards the building material or termite activity. Without drilling, tapping or prodding, Termatrac is the solution to termite detection without termite defection! With Termatrac, the pest professional enjoys the advantage of accurate detection and customer reassurance.
Box cutter & Tape – If termite infested timber is situated, we could make the grade having a “Stanley” knife and expose the interior of timber, identifying the varieties of termites then seal it support with tape in order to not disturb the termites.
Listening Device – This listens to termite sounds in the internal of the walls. However, should you tap the wall with your hand and place your ear as much as the wall you can hear the soldier termites communicate by tapping their mandibles to the timbers.
Home Inspection – A house inspection for termites is known in Malaysia being a building inspection and features a pest report along with a building report. It calls for a thorough visual inspection from the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other areas of the house. An average house takes from one to two hours to accomplish. Cost differs from $160-$360 depending on the size of your home and access. This really is including G.S.T. Tax
The report consists of multiple pages setting out your areas of concern and how you can rectify problems. Digital photos can be purchased upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report was created to detect termites with an early stage as to reduce the quantity of damage to your residence. It will not stop termites. It is actually strongly recommended a termite inspection report is carried out one or more times every twelve months and every three to six months for high risk areas. Note: There is not any household insurance that covers you for termite damage.
Termite Report Essentially a termite building inspection report was created to:
1. Detect old damage and active termites.
2. Gives you the element of chance of infestation.
3. Gives you tips on reducing the probability of termite infestation.
4. Gives us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite treatment and also to use the best method.
5. Identifies types of termites and (most importantly)
6. Educates you about termites.
Economically Important Pest Termites – From the 258 described termite species in Malaysia, only some timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The five families that include 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 possibility of destruction. However, it is restricted to the tropical regions of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in contact with the ground including jheajy and trees, along with paper, leather, clothing as well as other materials. This is a large-bodied primitive species that typically forms small colonies and it 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 very small timber objects with few external warning signs of damage, can rapidly take control from native termite species, can survive in quite dry conditions, and is easily transported. Should it be found, it ought to be reported for the relevant government authority. This has been present in Brisbane and Sydney, as well as other areas on several occasions.