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 features a solution, and there is absolutely no need for any job turning into a nightmare. There are however, certain practices within the pest management industry that ought to 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 become impacted by termites, that is more prevalent than damage due to fire, storm and flood combined. This short article will examine how to prevent termite attack, methods of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Control of pest termites involves identifying the species, seeking 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 essential to stop further problems.
Houses nearby may frequently have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground however, these may well not contain pest species. When they do, it needs to be the main focus from the termite control technician to find and treat these areas before any protection is implemented. Too often the technician will “advise” the worried homeowner that termites could be “anywhere within 100 metres” from the property as well as its impossible to pinpoint precisely where they might be provided by.
For me, should you don’t even try to find out the origin from the problem, your chances of gaining control of the situation dramatically drop. Even if the house is in the middle of dense bushland, I believe it is worth enough time and expense of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps all around the property within 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 likely supply of infestation?
Most pest control companies will not head to this extra effort, and definately will attempt to convince the customer that their baiting technique or soil barrier system was created to protect your house in most circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections result in better termite protection and treatments. Its only sound judgment to adopt all effort to learn the foundation in the attack.
Termite Inspection of Pest Species –
Termite identification in Malaysia is very specialized and pest controllers must thoroughly inspect all areas from the property before any protection or therapy is begun. This can be conducted with the following equipment:
Flashlight with bright light – This really is 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 applied when they come on the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod using a small plastic ball at the conclusion. It is made to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers along with other exposed timbers. If it runs across termite infested timber the tone changes, indicating hollowed out timber.
A Moisture Meter – It is designed to pick up high moisture content in walls and timbers. Termites talk about moisture from your soil and to the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device Termatrac is really a breakthrough development in the building inspection detection of termites, invented and created in Malaysia using technology much like 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 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 found, we could cut it with a “Stanley” knife and expose the inside of timber, identifying the species of termites then seal it back up with tape in order never to disturb the termites.
Listening Device – This listens to termite sounds in the internal of the walls. However, in the event you tap the wall along with your hand and put your ear as much as the wall it is possible to hear the soldier termites communicate by tapping their mandibles on the timbers.
Home Inspection – A home inspection for termites is famous in Malaysia as a building inspection and includes a pest report along with a building report. It requires a thorough visual inspection in the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other parts of the house. The average house takes between one to two hours to accomplish. Cost differs from $160-$360 depending on the size of the house and access. This is including G.S.T. Tax
The report contains multiple pages setting out your areas of concern and how you can rectify problems. Digital photos can be found upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is designed to detect termites with an early stage concerning reduce the quantity of damage to your home. It can not stop termites. It is actually strongly recommended a termite inspection report is conducted at least one time every twelve months and each 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 was created to:
1. Detect old damage and active termites.
2. Provides you with the element of chance of infestation.
3. Gives you tips on reducing the chances of termite infestation.
4. Provides us enough information to accurately quote yourself on a termite treatment and to use the most appropriate method.
5. Identifies types of termites and (most importantly)
6. Educates you about termites.
Economically Important Pest Termites – Out from the 258 described termite species in Malaysia, only some timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The five families which include the most common pest species in Malaysia are:
1. Mastotermitidae (1 pest species – Giant Termite, Mastrotermes darwinensis)
2. Kalotermitidae (several pest species 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 prospect of destruction. However, it is actually confined to the tropical regions of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in touch with the ground including jheajy and trees, in addition to paper, leather, clothing along with other materials. It is a large-bodied primitive species that generally 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 recognized as the world’s worst termite pest as it might eat even very small timber objects with few external indications of damage, can quickly take over from native termite species, can survive in quite dry conditions, and is easily transported. Should it be found, it ought to be reported to the relevant government authority. It really has been present in Brisbane and Sydney, and also other areas on several occasions.