Baiting Systems For Termite Control. Termite inspections and treatments are usually the best way to detect and eliminate termite infestations on a property. However, termite baiting systems can prevent infestations by catching them early.
That’s the purpose of termite baiting stations. They’re intended to detect termite infestations early and prevent them over an extended period. That’s why many homeowners prefer using termite traps and baiting stations, as they serve more as a preventive measure.
Termite baits perform as expected: they lure in and eliminate termites. Unlike conventional pest control methods, termite baiting stations are ingeniously crafted to align with termites’ natural behavior.
The significance lies in their design to eliminate termites in the stations and eradicate the entire nest. This is the key to the efficacy of termite baiting stations. They offer a cost-effective, long-term solution and an impressive ability to destroy vast termite colonies.
Property owners are aware of the various options available for termite treatment, including chemical treatments and barriers, physical barriers, and baiting systems.
The most suitable treatment type is usually determined by factors such as the property type rather than cost alone.
For example, termite baits, which are not physically attached to a building or structure, are often used in split-level or pole-built homes due to their elevation above the ground, where traditional barriers may not be practical.
Termite baits are about 30cm in length and resemble vented cylindrical tubes. They have a secure cap with ventilation grills on top for safety. The bait stations are buried in the ground at the top level with the soil for the following reasons:
The efficacy of termite baiting systems is due to the following three-step termite extermination process:
To start, baiting stations need to lure nearby termites. This is done by putting Tasmanian Oak, a favored food source due to its cellulose, into the traps. Termites eat and digest cellulose with the aid of gut protozoa and microbes. Of all cellulose materials, Tasmanian Oak is beautiful to termites.
Pest control technicians enhance the baiting stations by adding Focus, a potent attractant that can draw termites from up to 3 meters away.
Enough Focus is added to last for a month, ensuring many termites are attracted to the traps. This approach enables early detection of termite activity around your property, facilitating the next process step.
Once the baiting stations have lured many termites, they are filled with Hexaflumuron, an insect growth regulator that destroys the termites’ exoskeleton. When mixed with water, Hexaflumuron takes on a pasty texture (in its raw state, it is powder-like).
Additionally, Hexaflumuron contains cellulose, which termites mistakenly perceive as a viable food source. Once ingested, Hexaflumuron has two effects:
Customers usually opt for a 12-month contract for baiting stations, which includes:
A solo pest control technician can usually install a termite bait system for a typical 3-bedroom home on a regular-sized block within a day.
The traps are typically set 3 meters apart around the outer edge of the property, below ground level, making them virtually unnoticed and without any unsightly boxes or obstructions in the yard.
Termite bait systems have a lifespan of up to 10 years, making them a suitable long-term and permanent option.
In effect, termite baiting systems serve as a long-term “alarm system” for termites. If termites are found feeding in the traps, they have likely established a nest nearby, allowing prompt action to be taken.
If the baits remain clear, customers can feel secure knowing that their property is protected from potential infestations.
Termite baiting systems are a popular choice among property owners who care about the safety of their family, children, and pets. As mentioned, the stations are secured with a secure cap and buried underground.
The baiting formula is safe for animals, children, and wildlife as it is only intended to harm insects with exoskeletons. This targeted extermination method is more effective and safer than a broad-spectrum insecticide or deterrent.