Facts about Termites in Malaysia

If Ants are Termite's enemies, does it mean that with ants there are no termites?

Yes, ants are termites' closes enemy. In an environment where resources are abundant and for certain species ants and termites can live together. The nesting habits are also different between the two, ants' nests are normally above ground or within cracks and crevices and have multiple aerial nests. Whereas, termites of subterranean species (the most damaging species to home) build their nest deep below ground. Termite movements are protected by soil trails and mounds hence, they are able to live among each other nests. Some even build nests within the nests of its enemy.


Why do termites like to hide?

Termites hide for safety and nature. Termites do not have hard shells that can protect themselves, hence they rely on soil trails to fence themselves against enemies. They have thin skin and are easily dehydrated from the heat and the environment, the soil trails besides maintaining a cooling temperature also carry water for the need of digesting food. Within the trails, termites communicate with each other.


Is it because of the Malaysian climate that termites are harbored largely?

Tropical and high humidity does encourage the growth of the termites population, especially in coastal areas. However, different species are found to be popular in different areas and countries.


What types of termites are commonly found in Malaysia?

Based on the research conducted by USM, it is believed that Malaysia house at least 48 species. The common species that cost the most to household and property owners are the subterranean species Coptotermes.


What Sort of Harm can Termites Cause?

This can vary greatly depending on the species of termites, the size of the colony, its age and vigor as well as other factors, such as the availability of food sources. There are many other factors that can play a role in the speed of attack and the extent of the damage. In many cases where the attack is detected early, the cost of repairs can still be significant, the longer the infestation lasts the greater the cost of rectifying the problem. Termites can also damage books, clothing, and a wide range of cellulose-based items other than structural timbers.


What Do I Do If I Find Termites?

DO NOT PANIC. DO NOT DISTURB THEM OR ATTEMPT TO TREAT THEM YOURSELF WITH SPRAYS OR AEROSOLS. Call a Professional Pest Controller; disturbing termites or killing termites that you can see will only cause the colony to move to another entry point in your property to continue their destruction.


Are All Termite Species Harmful To Houses?

No, of the many species of termites a large number of these feed on grasses, standing trees, or decayed timbers. In nature, their role is to recycle important nutrients. Only about a dozen species cause significant damage to structures. It is important that you engage a Professional Pest Controller to ascertain whether your property is at risk.



Nemesis FAQ


Does Nemesis monitoring and baiting actually work? 

Yes- it is very effective and efficient; the system maximizes the control opportunity whilst minimizing the amount of material used and its likely impact on the environment.


How Does Nemesis Work? 

Nemesis is attractive bait for termites. The active ingredient affects the termite's ability to grow, develop and reproduce. The offending termite colony actually eats itself to destruction. 
Yes- it is very effective and efficient; the system maximizes the control opportunity whilst minimizing the amount of material used and its likely impact on the environment.


Why Do I Need a Licensed Pest Controller to Carry Out The Nemesis Treatment? 

Licensed Pest Controllers are highly trained and experienced in important treatment aspects, such as termite biology, ecology, conducive site conditions, building construction, likely entry points, termite detection, and reporting, along with integrated termite management procedures. They utilize these skills and the underpinning knowledge in a manner that, in your time of need, will give you peace of mind.


How long does it take For the Nemesis Bait to kill the Termite Colony?

In many cases it will take 6-12 weeks, however, several months may elapse before total colony elimination is affected. There are numerous factors controlling this, such as the time of year, size of the colony, and species of termite involved. However, due to the effect of the Termite Bait, termite feeding will decline to a level that will minimize further damage. It is also important to remember that there are visible observable milestones and indicators that the Termite Bait is working.


How Often Should Active Nemesis Stations, where Termites Are Feeding On The Bait, Be Inspected?

Approximately every 3 weeks, depending on the circumstances they will be replenished or remoistened.


Will Placing Nemesis In-ground Stations around My House Perimeter Be More Likely To Attract Termites To My House?

No. Termites cannot smell timber through the soil. The termites forage through the soil looking for food sources. The Nemesis stations allow such existing termite activity to be intercepted, detected, and treated, in many cases before considerable hidden damage occurs to your property.