Termites have got a 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 need for any job turning in to a nightmare. There are however, certain practices within the pest management industry that should be adopted for all inspections and treatments, and some “dodgy” operators that ought 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 ways to avoid termite attack, methods of inspection, protection, control and treatment.
Termite Control –
Charge of pest termites involves identifying the species, choosing the nest and picking the best eradication methods. A mixture 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 avoid further problems.
Houses nearby may usually have termite nests nearby in trees, stumps and underground however these may not contain pest species. When they do, it ought to be the main focus of the termite control technician to locate 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 and its impossible to pinpoint precisely where they could be coming from.
For me, should you don’t even try to look for out the origin from the problem, your odds of gaining charge of the problem dramatically drop. Even when the house is in the middle of dense bushland, I believe it is worth time and expense of test drilling and treating ALL trees and stumps surrounding 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 much better than ignoring a possible supply of infestation?
Most pest management companies is not going to visit this extra effort, and can try to convince your client that their baiting technique or soil barrier system was created to protect your property in every circumstances. DON’T BELIEVE THEM! Better investigations and inspections result in better termite protection and treatments. Its only common sense to adopt all effort to learn the origin 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 is begun. This might be conducted with all the following equipment:
Flashlight with bright light – This really is essential and krypton bulbs offer the best light for torches generally available today. LED torches, headlamps and flashlights are the next generation inspection tools and should be utilized when they come to the market.
A termite sounding donger – A fiberglass rod with a small plastic ball in the end. It is designed 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 was created to pick-up high moisture content in walls and timbers. Termites mention moisture through the soil and in to 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 similar to radar, Termatrac is the exciting response 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 peace of mind.
Box cutter & Tape – If termite infested timber is found, we might make the grade using a “Stanley” knife and expose the inner of timber, identifying the types of termites then seal it backup with tape so as to not disturb the termites.
Listening Device – This listens to termite sounds inside the internal in the walls. However, should you tap the wall together with your hand and place your ear as much as the wall you are able 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 a building inspection and features a pest report as well as a building report. It involves a comprehensive visual inspection from the sub floor, roof void interior, exterior, and other areas of the home. An average house takes anywhere from one or two hours to finish. Cost is different 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 what to do to rectify problems. Digital photos can be purchased upon request. Please remember a termite inspection report is made to detect termites in an early stage regarding reduce the amount of damage to your residence. It does not stop termites. It is actually strongly recommended a termite inspection report is carried out at least once every twelve months and every three to six months for high 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. Provides you with the element of chance of infestation.
3. Provides you with tips about reducing the probability of termite infestation.
4. Provides us enough information to accurately quote you on a termite treatment and to use the best 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, only a few timber-damaging species are of concern to us. The five families including 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) has got the greatest potential for destruction. However, it is actually restricted to the tropical parts of northern Malaysia. It attacks any wood in contact with the earth including jheajy and trees, as well as paper, leather, clothing and 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 considered to be the world’s worst termite pest as it might eat even really small timber objects with few external warning signs of damage, can easily 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 for the relevant government authority. It has been present in Brisbane and Sydney, and also other areas on several occasions.