Termites are a major problem to homeowners in Malaysia. These creatures can cause your home and business to be uninhabitable if left unchecked for long periods.
One of the telltale signs that a termite infestation is present in your property is the presence of mud tubes on walls, floors, or other objects.
In this article, we will discuss a guide suggested by our termite control experts in Malaysia on how to eliminate these mud tubes and pesky pests from your property!
Step 1: Locate The Mud Tubes Caused By Termites
First and foremost, you need to locate the mud tubes that have been caused by termite infestations. Usually, these tubes are located at the ground level of the home, where termites attempt to construct them.
It is also a good idea for you to check if the mud tubes actually lead back to your house, and if they do, you can confirm that there is a termite infestation inside your home.
Even if termites are no longer active, mud tubes can still remain. To check for activity, cut the middle part of the tube off, keeping the front and back portions intact. If the tube’s mid-section is rebuilt within a few days, termites are still active since nothing else could rebuild the tube other than termites.
Once you’ve located the tube and confirmed its activeness, you can proceed to the next step!
Step 2: Choose Treatment to Remove Termites and Mud Tubes
Once you’ve determined the location of the mud tube, the next step is to choose the right solution to remove termites and mud tubes from your property.
If you have a high level of infestation, then it is best to use a chemical treatment that will kill all active termite colonies to prevent future problems. This might take up more time than other solutions, but if you want an effective approach to remove these pests in your home or building, then this would be an appropriate option.
Another option you can do when dealing with a termite infestation would be using baits as they are placed inside the wall voids where there’s no direct contact with any surface. Termite baiting system works by using a liquid attractant placed in an active bait station.
The termites will be attracted to the bait and eat it, which then contaminate and kill them.
If you find that there is a high level of infestation in your home, then it’s best to contact professionals immediately and ask for their help with the process.
Step 3: Wear Termite Protective Gear to Protect Yourself
Before you begin you need to make sure that you wear the appropriate gear to protect yourself from getting bitten. This will include a protective suit, gloves, and masks as well; this is very important for your safety!
Step 4: Carefully Place the Chosen Termite Solution
Once you have worn your protective gear, then we can begin. In this case, we will be going with chemical treatments since they are easier to find.
To effectively remove mud tubes, you need to deal with the colony first. All you need to do is take your chosen termite solution (can be either liquid or pellets) and place them around the base of your home. Make sure that you put it in areas where there are mud tubes since these will be the most active.
You can also apply them to walls or any spaces that you think the termites might be visiting. If necessary, you can apply some near termite-infested wood, so they will eat through it until they reach the poison.
Step 5: Wait For The Solution to Work
After placing your solution, the last step is to wait for the solution to work. This will take some time and you are going to have to be patient; but once it is done, you’ll know because termite activity and signs will seem to diminish!
Usually, it can take up to two weeks for the solution to fully work- but you can speed up this process by using a bait that will be placed in every direction. This works great too to avoid future infestations from happening again.
Once you’ve ensured all termites have died, you can get rid of the mud tubes by using a rake.
In a Nutshell
The most important thing to know about termites is that they are structural pests. They can cause major damage if left unchecked, so homeowners need to understand how these insects behave and what they need to thrive.
Knowing the information listed above will allow you to take the necessary steps to get rid of them before things escalate out of control.
If you’ve found mud tubes around your home, or have seen other signs like wood chipping on windowsills or furniture, call us now!
We want everyone who lives near termite infestation areas to be safe from harm while still maintaining their property values. Call today and we’ll help you figure out what needs to happen next!