Termites are beneficial insects except when they become invasive and done serious damage to your property. The monetary loss due to termite infestation is more than damage caused by fire and natural disaster. The National Pest Management Association reported that termites lead to more than $5 billion in property damage each year in the United States, a cost typically not covered by homeowners insurance. High humidity and hot temperatures in Malaysia is conducive factors for the termites to aggravate faster that made it an economic importance.

Termites colonies made up of 3 ecological group – drywood, dampwood and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites dwell underneath your property but some species infest living trees as well. Termites genus commonly found in Malaysia are coptotermes, macrotermes, microtermes, schedorhinotermes, microcertermes and globitermes.

Termites control in Malaysia follows the MS 1849: 2005 Protection of Buildings against Subterranean Termites – Code of Practice for Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Infestation. The Malaysian Standard entails the importance of inspection, application of approved termiticide, chemical selection and risk management. Termite protection includes pre and post construction soil treatment, interception and monitoring with termites baits and proofing with termimesh.

Approved termiticide mixtures are applied at the building substructure to form chemically unbroken barriers against termites attack. The pre-construction soil treatment shall be rendered at the early stage of construction when the whole of the subfloor area is readily accessible and there is little chance of subsequent soil disturbance (laying of concrete slab). Termiticide mixtures are drenched and sprayed at the concrete column, groundbeams, the hardcore and before laying of apron slab. When concrete slab has been laid, holes are drilled at measured intervals along the wall skirtings and termiticide mixtures are injected under pressure to form chemical barriers underneath the concrete slab.

Termite colony elimination and baiting program is the best alternative when it is not feasible to render chemical treatment due to structural design or environmental impact to the water system. Termite monitoring station such as In Concrete (IC) or In Ground (IG) components will be installed at the external parameter of the structure to form first line defense against immigrating termite colonies. These monitoring stations are deployed in measured intervals to form continuous interception zone. Timber pieces or matrix are being placed in the stations to intercept the foraging termites. These stations need to be monitored regularly and slow acting termite baits are being added once termite activities are presence. Termite feeding behavior known as trophallaxis enable them to share the baits with the entire colonies resulting total elimination.

The termite interception and baiting strategies is the most novel termite management option due to minimum toxicity to human beings, no odour, non-disruptive and non-intrusive and eliminate the colonies. Call us today before it’s too late!
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