How do baits work?
Termite baiting is the modern and environmentally friendly way to control termites. It is also the only method that has clear visual evidence of different stages of colony decline and a solid documentable basis for declaring colony elimination at the end. It provides a reasonably predictable pathway to gaining control over a termite infestation whereas traditional dusting methods were inconsistent and highly dependent on appropriate conditions. It is the preferred colony control method of Specialist Termite Control.
Termite baits use the termites’ own foraging and feeding behaviour to bring about their downfall.
Termite baits consist of a cellulose material (more attractive than wood!) and a slow acting insecticide. Baits are placed where the termites are feeding and they take the bait back to the nests, where it is fed to their nest mates and the Queen. The insecticide needs to be slow acting to ensure the bait can be spread through the whole colony, before it starts to take effect. When the termites realise something is wrong, it’s already too late!
Termite baits are our preferred tool to eliminate termites from inside buildings. Termite bait material is placed inside a bait station against a selected termite feeding site(s) usually inside or on the exterior of an infested building.
Under a regular service program, the termite activity around the bait station is nurtured as the first termites are coaxed into feeding on bait material. Once feeding becomes established, the process usually continues more easily. Since termites can be visually examined when the bait stations are serviced, certain ‘milestones’ in their appearance and caste can be clearly recorded. These signify particular stages of decline and enable solid facts to replace the subjective observation associated with other methods, so that when we declare colony elimination, it is based on supported facts.
Not only does the baiting eliminate termites from a building, but it will also eliminate the entire colony that is the source of the attack. We have witnessed this ourselves time after time.
Although baiting will eliminate the source of a current attack, other termite colonies may become established near the building in the future. To provide on-going protection, a termite management system needs to be installed around the property such as either a termite monitoring systems or a liquid soil treatment.
Termites are active in the soil around most buildings in Australia. By installing a termite monitoring system into the soil around a building, it provides an early warning system for termites trying to attack your home.
A termite monitoring system consists of selected timbers and organic attractant placed inside plastic sleeves inserted into the soil. These are called ‘termite monitors. If there are termites in the area, they are likely find and feed upon a monitor. The feeding is detected by our specialist during the regular servicing and bait material is added into the monitor. The termites then start feeding on the bait and the colony is eliminated before it has a chance to attack the building.
The length of time it takes to eliminate the colony depends on the species concern, the size of the colony and the time of year. The time span involved tends to be surprisingly variable, but five to eight months is about normal, although sometimes control can be achieved within a month and a few jobs may be closer to a year. The good news is that while baiting is in progress, the termites are preferentially feeding on the bait rather than on your home!