Termite FAQ

If Ants are Termites enemy, 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 habit are also different between the two, ants' nest are normally above ground or within cracks and crevices and have multiple aerial nests. Whereas, termites of subteranean species (the most damaging species to home) build their nest deep below ground. Termites 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 termites likes to hide?

Termites hides 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 are easily dehydrated from heat and the environment, the soil trails besides maintaining cooling temperature also carries water for the need of digesting food. Within the trails termites communicates with each other.

 

Is it because of the Malaysia climate that termites are harboraging largely?

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

 

What type of termites commonly found in Malaysia?

Based on the research conducted by USM, it is believe 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 vigour 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 damage. In many cases where 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.