Termites have a very useful role in the environment, however when they invade and attack your house, they can turn into a hated enemy, a source of heartache and anxiety. Every problem has a solution, and there is not any requirement for any job turning in to a nightmare. You will find however, certain practices in the pest control industry that ought to be adopted for all inspections and treatments, plus some “dodgy” operators that needs to be avoided like the plague!
In Malaysia, one house in three at some stage will become afflicted with termites, that is more prevalent than damage due to fire, storm and flood combined. This short article will examine preventing termite attack, methods of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Control over 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 however these may well not contain pest species. Once they do, it should be the target from 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 may be “anywhere within 100 metres” in the property as well as its impossible to pinpoint precisely where they might be originating from.
In my view, in the event you don’t even try to look for out your origin of the problem, your odds of gaining control over the issue dramatically drop. Even when the property is in the middle of dense bushland, I think it is worth the time and cost of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps 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 a lot better than ignoring a potential way to obtain infestation?
Most pest management companies will never 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 home in all 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 discover the foundation from the attack.
Termite Inspection of Pest Species –
Termite identification in Malaysia is highly specialized and pest controllers need to thoroughly inspect all areas of the property before any protection or therapy is begun. This may be conducted with the following equipment:
Flashlight with bright light – This is essential and krypton bulbs provide the best light for torches generally available today. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights would be the next generation inspection tools and should be utilized when they come on the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod with a small plastic ball in the end. It is made to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers along with other exposed timbers. In the event 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 mention moisture from the soil and in to the walls and timbers.
A Termatrac microwave tracking device Termatrac is actually a breakthrough development inside the building inspection detection of termites, invented and developed in Malaysia using technology much like radar, Termatrac is definitely the exciting response to detecting termites through timber, plaster board, brick or masonry without any interference towards the building material or termite activity. With no 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 peace of mind.
Box cutter & Tape – If termite infested timber is found, we may make the grade with a “Stanley” knife and expose the inner of timber, identifying the types of termites then seal it backup with tape in order never to disturb the termites.
Listening Device – This listens to termite sounds within the internal in the walls. However, in the event you tap the wall together 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 to the timbers.
Home Inspection – A property inspection for termites is known in Malaysia being a building inspection and incorporates a pest report as well as a building report. It calls for a comprehensive visual inspection from the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other areas of the house. A typical house takes anywhere from one to two hours to complete. Cost varies from $160-$360 depending on the size of the house and access. This can be including G.S.T. Tax
The report consists of multiple pages setting out the parts of concern and how you can rectify problems. Digital photos are available upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report was created to detect termites at an early stage concerning reduce the amount of damage to your residence. It does not stop termites. It is actually strongly recommended a termite inspection report is done at least one time every twelve months and each and every three to six months for top risk areas. Note: There is absolutely 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. Offers you the part of chance of infestation.
3. Gives you advice on reducing the chances of termite infestation.
4. Gives us enough information to accurately quote yourself 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 – Out of the 258 described termite species in Malaysia, just a few timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The five families including 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’, 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) has the greatest prospect of destruction. However, it is limited to the tropical parts of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in contact with the earth including jheajy and trees, in addition to paper, leather, clothing as well as other materials. It really 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 recognized as the world’s worst termite pest as it might eat even tiny timber objects with few external indications of damage, can rapidly 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 for the relevant government authority. This has been present in Brisbane and Sydney, as well as other areas on several occasions.