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Know the Enemy: Termites
Before we start, some background on termites and termite behavior will help you understand how baits work.

How do I know I have termite in my house?
All you need to carry out the DIY termite inspection are two basic gadgets – a torchlight and a screw driver.
To begin, you need to know where to inspect. Some critical parts of your property that you should pay particular attention to are your door frames, window frames, wooden or parquet floor and skirting, ceiling, built-in cabinets, wardrobes and storeroom.
How do you know whether there is termite infestation? The following are some tell-tale signs to look out for.

Mud tubes or termite trails/termite roadway
One of the most common ways termites are detected is seeing mud tubes or termite trails. The mud tubes can be found on walls, small gaps (split ends) in the wooden floor skirting, door frames, window frames and other wooden areas. Take note also of timber beadings nailed to your ceiling. Termites usually attack these pieces of wood before moving up to the roof truss. Look out for mud tubes or cracked spots.

If you find one of these pencil-sized mud tubes which are dry, they are probably inactive. To be doubly sure, scrape away a 1-2 cm segment in the middle of the run. If the mud tube is active it will be rebuilt quickly, maybe in an hour or so, certainly in a day or two.

Subterranean termites must have constant access to water. They will die if they dry out. They keep themselves wet with water from the ground and to do this, they maintain these mud tunnels or tubes to the ground.

Change of Colour/Texture of Wooden Area
Another sign to watch out for is whether the wooden parts in your property have changed colour, for instance from dark brown to light brown. Observe the texture of the wooden area to see whether one particular portion is markedly different from another. Some of the areas to observe are timber or parquet floor, door frames, window frames and wooden partitions.

Cracks and Holes (Hollowness of Structure)
Look out for cracks and holes in areas such as door frames or window frames, paying particular attention to the sides. If there is a small gap (split end), look for mud tubes in it. Knock randomly at few spots using a screw driver from bottom to the top frame. Check for hollowness.

Termites eat or hollow out channels, called galleries, inside of wood leaving the outside intact but, often, paper thin. If you suspect a specific area, look along trim and molding (they like trim) near the floor for dark or discoloured spots. Push around on exposed wood using the handle of the screwdriver, making sure you do not damage the paint. If they are advanced in the area, the wood will crush in.

Check areas that are hidden from movement, such as sides of floor skirting. Knock the skirting with the handle of the screwdriver to detect hollow sound.

However, just a word of caution. Do take note that the bottom portion of door frames (surface texture) can crack due to water effect, and not necessarily due to termite infestation.

Sound of Termites “Tick-Tick-Tick”
Another way to detect termite infestation is literally to keep your ears open. When termites tear and break wood fibres, they produce vibrations or sound. Such acoustic signals, however, can also be generated by other wood-destroying insects like powder beetles, bark beetles, house boarder, and carpenter ants, which also break wood fibres. Termites also make sound by striking some parts of their bodies against hard surfaces although many other insects such as stoneflies also display this strange behaviour. To be doubly sure the sound is made by termites, make a small hole at the infested area. If live termites come out of their hiding place, the spot is considered active with termite infestation

Swarmers
Termites will often reveal their presence with the onset of warm weather. A warm day during normally cold or cool weather can trigger this and cause small winged termites that are similar in appearance to ants to emerge from hiding. These termites are called swarmers and indicate that termites are present. Look for them on windowsills or in your basement. Other signs indicating the presence of termites are discarded wings lying on a windowsill or in a window well.

What do you do if one or more of these tell-tale signs are found? Do NOT spray with aerosol or any liquid. Do NOT vacuum the mud traces. Do NOT wipe or clean off the mud traces. Seal the hole or crack with cellophane tape.

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Why baiting solution?
1. No drilling in floors & foundations.
2. No digging or trenching.
3. No chemicals injected in the ground and around your house.
4. No chemical exposure to you and your family.
5. Effective by eliminate termitrs colony.

What is a Termite Bait?
A termite bait is usually a paper-, cardboard-, or sawdust-like material containing the active ingredient that kills termites. The bait is kept inside a box bait station. As termites feed on the bait, they will carried back the poisone to the nest as a supply of food within the nestmates, including the queen will consume the poisoned bait as food, which will result in a complete elimination of the termite colony.

Termite Behavior
Termites are highly social insects. Within the colony hundreds, thousands, and sometimes millions of termites work and live together. They feed and clean each other and exchange liquid chemical signals as part of their communication. They also share droplets of fluid to keep themselves supplied with the tiny organisms needed for digesting wood. You will learn that termites feeding on a bait will share it with their nestmates and end up destroying their own colony.

What Are Termites?
Termites are small insects that eat wood and live in colonies. The colony is headed by a king and queen who mate and produce more termites. Soldier termites defend the colony against invaders and predators. Worker termites search for food and are responsible for feeding and taking care of the king and queen, the young (larvae), and the soldiers. Termites have microscopic organisms (called protozoa) living in their digestive tract that help them to digest wood. Termites are very important in nature because they break down wood and return nutrients to the soil. They become a problem only when they attack our homes and structures.

What can termites do?
They will not stop. Unless you stop them.
1. They are a major structural pest causing millions of ringgit in damages and repairs to property owners annually.
2. Damage to the onwer. Building structures may pose a great danger to the owner or the occupant building structures can collapse at anytime without warning.
3. They destroy wooden structures, furniture, built-in cabinets, wood panelling, door and window frames, parquet flooring, timber skirting, roof trusses, boxes, books and even the piano.
4. They can also damage electrical switchboards, concealed cables which are mounted into the walls and cause the entire wiring system to short circuit.

 

     
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