Termites have got a 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 necessity for any job turning in to a nightmare. You will find however, certain practices within the pest control industry that ought to be adopted for all inspections and treatments, plus some “dodgy” operators that should be avoided just like the plague!
In Malaysia, one house in three at some stage can become afflicted with termites, which is more prevalent than damage caused by fire, storm and flood combined. This information will examine ways to avoid termite attack, methods of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Control 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 essential to stop further problems.
Houses nearby may often have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground however these may not contain pest species. Whenever they do, it ought to be the main target from the termite control technician to find 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” of the property along with its impossible to pinpoint exactly where they could be provided by.
For me, should you don’t even try to find out the origin in the problem, your odds of gaining control over the situation dramatically drop. Whether or not the home is surrounded by dense bushland, I think it is definitely worth enough time and cost of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps all around the property in a 50-100 metre radius, because that is where most infestations originate. If 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 management companies will never visit this extra effort, and definately will make an effort to convince your client that their baiting technique or soil barrier system was created to protect your house in every circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections result in better termite protection and treatments. Its only good sense 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 have to thoroughly inspect every area of 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 give the best light for torches generally on the market today. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights are the next generation inspection tools and should be utilized whenever they come on the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod having a small plastic ball at the conclusion. It is made to run along skirting boards, higher placed timbers and other exposed timbers. In the event 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 bring up moisture through the soil and into 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 similar to radar, Termatrac is definitely 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 reply to termite detection without termite defection! With Termatrac, the pest professional enjoys the benefit of accurate detection and customer reassurance.
Box cutter & Tape – If termite infested timber is situated, we might work 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 inside the internal of the walls. However, if you tap the wall with your hand and set your ear as much as the wall it is possible to hear the soldier termites communicate by tapping their mandibles onto the timbers.
Home Inspection – A house inspection for termites is famous in Malaysia as being a building inspection and features a pest report as well as a building report. It involves a complete visual inspection from the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other areas of the house. A typical house takes from one or two hours to complete. Cost differs from $160-$360 depending on the size of the house and access. This can be including G.S.T. Tax
The report includes multiple pages setting out your regions of concern and what to do to rectify problems. Digital photos can be found upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is made to detect termites at an early stage concerning reduce the quantity of damage to your home. It will not stop termites. It is strongly recommended a termite inspection report is carried out 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. Offers you the element of risk of infestation.
3. Gives you advice on reducing the chances of termite infestation.
4. Gives us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite treatment and to use the best method.
5. Identifies varieties 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 5 families that include the most frequent pest species in Malaysia are:
1. Mastotermitidae (1 pest species – Giant Termite, Mastrotermes darwinensis)
2. Kalotermitidae (several pest species 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 actually limited to the tropical areas of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in contact with the earth including jheajy and trees, along with paper, leather, clothing and other materials. This is a large-bodied primitive species that usually forms small colonies and has no true worker caste.
West Indian Dry-wood Termite – The introduced West Indian Dry-wood Termite (Cryptotermes brevis) is considered to be the world’s worst termite pest as it can eat even really small timber objects with few external signs of damage, can quickly dominate from native termite species, can survive in quite dry conditions, and is easily transported. When it is found, it needs to be reported towards the relevant government authority. This has been seen in Brisbane and Sydney, along with other areas on several occasions.