Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Termites- Go Away!!!

Earlier this year in January, I discovered some insect wings and sand/mud tunnels near the cupboards in my kitchen. It was actually below the countertop but it couldn't escape my super sharp eyes... James didn't even knew about all these things, his eyes are not as sharp as mine... wonder if it's just men or what?

Anyway, I googled more about termitesand found out that all these were signs that there is a termite nest and infestation in our house, somewhere... we had to quickly do something about it! I really panicked... cos who would think that they have termites in their home right, that was the last thing on my mind...

We called up a few companies and gathered quotations. I also heard of the Sentricon system on the radio several times, seems like this was the most effective solution other than the drilling into the ground method and spraying of chemicals. The last 2 solutions for me were filtered OUT immediately... can't afford chemicals with an active and curious toddler in the house. Neither would I want my home flooring to be drilled into! It's not just one hole... they had to drill a hole every arms length apart! Absurd..........

Anyway we settled with a company we got from a brochure. He came to diagnose the problem first and explained the diff. types of termites. He even held one on his hand and showed it to us... ewwwwww. He CONFIRMED that there was a termite colony in our home, and it's always underground. From the ground, they actually transport sand/mud and build these mud tunnels to travel in, they like cool environments. Too warm and they die.

I asked him more about the colony and this was his explanation:

Worker termites are the ones that feed the soldier termites and the King & Queen. The soldiers do not forage for food, only the workers, hence the name. The soldiers are the ones that guard their nest and survey for food. Once a food source is found, soldiers will inform the workers and workers will bring the food back to soldiers and the K & Q.

And the main aim is to eliminate the K & Q, otherwise they will keep reproducing and the colony will still live.

According to the guy, the damage is quite minimal, luckily we discovered early.

Placing the bait along their mud tunnels, the bait is cellulose paper which termites like to feed on

The Sentricon termite bating system. See the mud tunnels on the bottom right corner of the pix?

Anyway, it's been over 2 mths now and the guy has been coming every week in the beginning to spot check, then every fortnight. He increased the bait to two baits and it was enough to slowly diminish the population. He said max 3 mths, the entire colony should be wiped out. I can't wait for everything to be over................ The last time he checked, it was fantastic news and result, now we just have to wait for a while more. We also bought cupboard locks to discourage Jayden from opening the cupboard.

Anyone having the same problem and what was your solution?

8 friends spoke up!:

smallkucing said...

Gosh..you also have termites problem? Just saw Merryn's post.

An auntalso have termite problem. Asked the pest control to come. It have been a year. Yet termite still there but slowly diminishing. Takes long time:(

Ann said...

Thank God you caught it early. Hope the issue clears itself away soon!

Go attack next door! hahahaha....

eugene said...

You know what? i just got my pest control contract renew for RM270, 6 times a year... i love wooden flooring, and i know termite invasion is the most gruelsome problem hahahah,,, like alien attack and never find the queen one,,hahhahahah.

good to prevent

Mummy Gwen said...

Luckily you detected the problem early. Hope your termites problem will be solved soon.

chanelwong said...

It is good thing found it early...
Sentricon is one of the options which I heard ppl using it often...

MeRy said...

I never encounter such problem be4....Hope the termites will go away soon.

LittleLamb said...

u r safe now. Sentricon is good. This is the one that will catch the MOTHER ant..... Probably at this time, also take time to change some old cupboards..

the little prince said...

Its time to change the old cupboard cos it may not be safe to use!!