Controlling termites in Malaysia relying on termiticides. What are termiticides? … Read on
Termiticides used to control termites are applied through the following methods:
Description: This is by far the most common method for general household pest control.
Surface spraying method is a method when you or pest control operator spraying termiticide on termite infested sites, with or without the presence of live termites.
Pros: Exposed live termites would be immediately killed when come into contact with the termiticide spray.
Cons: This method would get rid of those termites that you see.
What happen to the big chunk of termites that you don't see?
In actual fact, the number of termites killed by surface spraying is only the tip of an iceberg.
This is because, at any one time, only about 5 to 10% of the total population of a termite colony is foraging above ground.
The majority of the population (more than 90%) is still alive and live underground which is not accessible by termiticide spray.
Thus, by using this method, most likely you are only killing less than 10% of a termite colony.
So, what will the remaining of the colony do?
The survived termite population will immediately avoid those sprayed areas but might re-infest the same spot again when there is no more chemical residue after several weeks or months.
For the survival of the remaining colony, they will migrate and forage somewhere else for food.
As a result of your regular termiticide spraying, termites in your vicinity might be playing hide and seek with you.
What started to be a localized termite problem could one day become a widespread (they are everywhere!) problem in your property.
Description: This method is also called Pre-construction (before construction) method as it is applied before the construction of a building.
This is the method commonly applied by housing developers on their new housing project and lately become a selling point of their new houses.
Termiticide solution, usually chlorpyrifos as it is cheap, is applied through spraying in high volume onto the soil just before concrete slabs are laid.
The whole idea of this practice is to create a layer of termiticide barrier just beneath the slab to prevent termites coming into the building from underground.
Pros: The whole idea of the termiticide barrier is to give a long term termite protection so that termites would never ever infest your property thereafter.
This method is very effective when chlordane (a type of termiticide) was used.
Cons: However, with the banning of chlordane (the persistent one) in the market, pest control operators could only use the less persistent ones in the market.
With chlorpyrifos, the most commonly used termiticide for soil control, that could only last the most 2 years in the soil, termite infestations in those areas formerly treated with it are commonplace.
In fact, some of our clients experienced termite infestations just 1 year after they move into their new building. Some even experienced it before the keys were handled over by developers.
It is no doubt that if carried out properly, soil treatment could provide an effective mean of termite prevention in our property. Nevertheless, the risk of living on top of a reservoir of chemical shall not be discounted. Pesticides are hazardous to us … Read on
Description: This method is sometimes referred as Corrective Treatment as it is a method intended to correct the problem after termite infestation is found in a building.
It is also called Post-Construction method as it is applied on a building that has already been constructed.
Holes are drilled along the perimeter of a building and its inner walls at a regular interval (normally 1 to 2 feet apart).
Termiticide solution, usually 5 to 6 liters for each hole, is then pumped into each hole, hoping that would create a connecting continuous termiticide barrier underground.
Conceptually, this method is similar to that of soil treatment described earlier.
The difference is that the building has already been built and one could not directly applied termiticide solution onto the soil surface beneath the building.
The main idea is to create a termiticide to prevent emergence of termites that are living underground.
Termiticides usually used in this method are chlorpyrifos, imidacloprid and fipronil.
Pros: If carried out properly and the termiticide used is persistent enough, this method could give certain degree of protection of your property against termite attack.
Cons : As with the case of the soil treatment method, current termiticides used in the market are not so persistent. Therefore, one could not expect a longterm termite protection from this method.
Retreatments are expected after 2 to 5 years if there is still active termite colonies in or around your vicinity.
This is because once the barrier is broken-down, active termites would emerge from the ground and start to infest your property.
Furthermore, excessive use of pesticide is harmful to our health… Read on
Description: Termite baiting is the latest method being introduced in the termite control market.
Since its introduction in the Malaysian market in 2000, it is well received by pest control operators, property owners and the general public.
The main reason behind the good acceptance is that nowadays people are more aware of the hazard caused by excessive use of chemicals for termite control.
Instead of hundreds of liters of termiticide solution being applied to the soil as in the soil treatment and slab injection methods, only a minute quantities of a termiticide is applied in termite baiting method.
Pros: Termite baiting method is very target-specific where poisoned baits (with very little termiticide) are directly fed to termites thus reduce contamination to the environment and poisoning of other non-target organisms including human beings.
Termite baiting is also believed to be a more thorough method as it is aimed to solve the termite problem at its root cause.
Instead of killing only a portion of a termite colony which the surface Spraying method does, baiting is targeting every member in a colony.
Cons: Termite baiting is a process where poisoned bait is continuously fed to a termite colony until the whole colony is eliminated.
Normally, it would take 1 to 3 months to eliminate a treated termite colony.
Not all termite species are responding well to termite baiting.
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