There are progressively four distinct stages of termite behaviours being observed:-
It is during this stage that treated termites are most active. Our poisoned termite baits are very attractive to most of the termite species found in Malaysia.
Within few days after stations and baits installation, the installed termite baits are more or less completely consumed by the intercepted termites.
You would notice that treated termites would build mud works to cover the edges of the stations. In some cases they even build mud tubes around the station. This indicates that the bait exhibits “Pulling Effects”, attracting or directing almost all termites around the treatment site to the installed station.
This would immediately stop termites from feeding on your woody materials and start feeding on the bait instead.
You would notice that our specialist visits are most frequent at this stage where they would come and inspect the installed stations weekly.
During this stage, our specialist would replenish any empty stations with fresh poisoned termite baits.
Depending on the treated termite species and the size of the treated termite colony, this stage would last from two to four weeks.
After a period of active feeding of the termite poisoned baits, part of the treated termite populations are killed and therefore the feeding rate has slowed down.
At this stage, even though you still see termites inside the baiting stations, but this time there are still a lot of baits remained in the baiting stations.
During this stage, there would be no bait replenishment carried out. Water would be sprayed onto the bait if it is too dry to maintain high moisture content inside the baiting station so to attract active termites to continuously feed on the bait.
Our visits intervals are also lengthen to two to three week at this stage.
The Slowing Down stage would last for another two to three weeks.
At this stage, particularly the treated termite is of Coptotermes species, you would see a phenomenon called “Congregation”.
Hundreds or perhaps thousands of termites, majority of them are soldier termites, are gathering inside a baiting station. Feeding has more or less stopped at this stage.
At closer examination, very often you would notice blister-like growths on termite bodies, indicating some symptoms of poisoning. The moving of termites is also sluggish and sometimes appears disoriented.
In some occasions, you might even see termite eggs are being moved from the nest and placed inside the baiting stations.
The gathering stage might last for another two to three weeks.
At this stage, our specialists would come and inspect the installed baiting stations at every two to three weeks interval.
After the gathering stage, in particular the Coptotermes species, the treated termites are start dying inside the baiting stations.
This indicates that all nest-mates in a colony are affected now and it is only a matter of time the whole treated colony is being wiped out.
This stage would last for another two to three weeks. Our visit interval at this stage would be three to four week.
At the end of this stage, you would notice that fungus or bacteria grow on the body of dead termites, dehydrated dead termite bodies or the whole termite bait becomes watery brown and releasing offensive smell.
This is when we would tell you that the termite colonies infesting your property have been completely eliminated!
Basing on the different baiting stages as discussed above and one year baiting contract, the following diagram depicts the estimated number of routine visits we would conduct in our one year termite baiting program.
So, for a normal condition, it has been estimated that 13 visits will be carried out. Of course, depending on the specific situation, this number could be more or less.