Termites have a very useful role within our environment, however, when they invade and attack your house, they can become a hated enemy, a source of heartache and anxiety. Every problem has a solution, and there is absolutely no need for any job turning in to a nightmare. You can find however, certain practices within the pest control industry that ought to be adopted for all inspections and treatments, and a few “dodgy” operators that ought to be avoided such as the plague!
In Malaysia, one house in three at some stage will become impacted by termites, that is more prevalent than damage caused by fire, storm and flood combined. This article will examine how to prevent termite attack, methods of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Charge of pest termites involves identifying the species, locating the nest and finding the right 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 necessary to avoid further problems.
Houses nearby may frequently have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground however these might not contain pest species. Whenever they do, it should be the target in the termite control technician to discover and treat these areas before any protection is implemented. Too frequently the technician will “advise” the worried homeowner that termites might be “anywhere within 100 metres” from the property along with its impossible to pinpoint specifically where they may be originating from.
For me, in the event you don’t even look for out your origin of the problem, your chances of gaining charge of the issue dramatically drop. Even if the house is surrounded by dense bushland, I believe it is worth time and cost of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps surrounding the property in a 50-100 metre radius, because that is 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 source of infestation?
Most pest control companies will not head to this extra effort, and will attempt to convince the client that the baiting technique or soil barrier system was created to protect your property in every circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections lead to better termite protection and treatments. Its only sound judgment to consider all effort to discover the foundation from the attack.
Termite Inspection of Pest Species –
Termite identification in Malaysia is very specialized and pest controllers need to thoroughly inspect every area in the property before any protection or therapy is begun. This may be conducted with all the following equipment:
Flashlight with bright light – This is essential and krypton bulbs provide the best light for torches generally currently available. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights are the next generation inspection tools and must be used once they come onto the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod having a small plastic ball in the end. 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 designed to get high moisture content in walls and timbers. Termites talk about moisture from the soil and into the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device Termatrac is a breakthrough development inside the building inspection detection of termites, invented and created in Malaysia using technology much like radar, Termatrac is definitely the exciting answer to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry without any interference towards 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 satisfaction.
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 backup with tape in order to not 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 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 property inspection for termites is well known in Malaysia as being a building inspection and features a pest report and a building report. It requires a complete visual inspection of the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other parts of the home. A typical house takes from one to two hours to accomplish. Cost is different from $160-$360 depending on the size of the house and access. This is including G.S.T. Tax
The report includes 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 at an early stage as to reduce the volume of damage to your residence. It can not stop termites. It really is strongly recommended a termite inspection report is done at least one time every twelve months and each 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 is made to:
1. Detect old damage and active termites.
2. Provides you with the part of chance of infestation.
3. Gives you tips on reducing the likelihood of termite infestation.
4. Gives us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite treatment and to use the most appropriate method.
5. Identifies species of termites and (most importantly)
6. Educates you about termites.
Economically Important Pest Termites – From the 258 described termite species in Malaysia, just a few timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The five families which include the most typical pest species in Malaysia are:
1. Mastotermitidae (1 pest species – Giant Termite, Mastrotermes darwinensis)
2. Kalotermitidae (several pest types of ‘dry-wood termites’, such as 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 prospect 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. It is a large-bodied primitive species that generally 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 can eat even really small timber objects with few external signs of damage, can easily take over from native termite species, can survive in quite dry conditions, and is easily transported. When it is found, it should be reported towards the relevant government authority. This has been present in Brisbane and Sydney, as well as other areas on several occasions.