The termite baits are deployed below ground by ‘enticing’ termites to feed on wooden stakes, paper, cardboard or other cellulose-containing material. The toxicant-laced bait can either be installed initially or substituted after the termites have been detected in an untreated monitoring device. Termites cannot see or smell the baits underground; they largely encounter them by chance during their foraging activities. To increase the odds of discovery the termite baits are installed and fixed are intervals of 10 feet around the entire perimeter of the structure, and in known or suspected areas of termite activity. Termite baiting systems and monitoring systems can be a cost effective alternative to using chemicals. The termite baits can be installed in the gardens or lawn beside your property. The bait works as an interception monitor – a termite burglar alarm. They are simply checked by a quick look at the termite window of the bait box once a month. This is a very effective, no fuss method and a quality termite baiting system can also add value to your property.
Key Benefits Of Baiting Systems:
Peace of mind
Early alert of termites near your home
A strong chance to destroy their nest before they damage your home
Low cost and superb value for money proactive system
100% back-up and support if you need additional help
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The more termite bait stations installed, the better the chances of locating termites. Installing more stations increases the odds of encountering multiple colonies, or weakly associated ‘satellite nests’ of the same colony – any of which could be potential risk to the structure. Planning, patience and persistence are requisites for successfully using below-ground termite baits. Regardless of which product is used, the homeowner much be prepared and willing to accept the possibility of a lengthy baiting process.
At Safeguard Pest Control, we watch over your potential termite problem and check regularly to make sure termites are not present.
After a termite colony is eliminated, the bait is replaced with a new inspection cartridge. Safeguard Pest Control will continue to inspect the stations regularly to discover and treat any new colonies that invade your property.
Several reasons why you should get pest inspections from Safeguard Pest Control and decide whether or not a termite bait stations are needed for your property:
Your neighbours termites may decide to check out your house
Subterranean termites, the most common form, live below-ground in colonies that may contain several hundred thousand, and they may travel the length of a football field while searching for food. Your neighbor’s termites may decide to start chewing on your house.
A Traditional Chemical Barrier May Not Be Sufficient
The standard treatment method is to surround your house with a chemical barrier. The idea is to repel or kill any termites before they invade your home. While sounding correct in theory, full protection is difficult to achieve. Hundreds of gallons of chemical solution may be required for the average home. Application may require drilling through concrete floors. Termites can travel through an untreated area as small as a pencil lead to penetrate a home.
Sometimes a Second Line of Defense is Needed
A backup form of protection has been devised. Bait stations can be placed at strategic intervals around the perimeter of the home. They can be buried or above-ground. The below-ground installation minimizes problems with children or animals.
The bait station may contain wood or cellulose material. Termites foraging in the area will find some of the bait stations and begin eating the bait. The bait can be treated with poison or left untreated. The poison is designed to kill the termites slowly, so they will have time to carry it back to the colony and transfer it to other termites. A fast-acting poison would kill only a few termites that happened to find the bait. The poisoned termites also need to survive long enough to communicate the location of the bait to their companions. They do this by leaving an odor along the trail.
If untreated wood is used as bait, it will be replaced with poison-treated wood as soon as termite activity is detected. The bait stations need to be inspected on a regular basis by a qualified technician.
CALL SAFEGUARD PEST CONTROL!
In order to achieve the best possible job of preventing or controlling termites, you need to contact a professional pest control exterminator who has the needed termite treatment experience and expertise. Safeguard Pest Control has been serving the Sunshine Coast for over 25 years and know how to get the best possible results for your home. We are your local termite control experts.