Melbourne’s Termite Specialists


Termite baiting is the smart and environmentally friendly way to control termites. It is also the only method that is proven to reliable kill the whole colony – the key reason why baiting is the preferred termite control technique for Specialist Termite Control.

How do baits work?

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!

Using baits to eliminate termites inside buildings

Termite baits are our preferred tool to eliminate termites from inside buildings – we use baits whenever we can. Bait is placed inside a plastic bait station at each termite feeding site in the building.

Under a regular inspection regime, the termite activity in these bait stations is monitored, ensuring the termites start feeding, eat sufficient bait and subsequently show signs of decline before elimination.

Not only does the bait eliminate termites from the building, but it will also eliminate the colony that is the source of the attack.

Although baiting will eliminate the source of the current attack, there may be other termite colonies in the area ready to attack your home. To provide lasting protection, a termite management system needs to be installed around the property, either a termite monitoring systems or a liquid soil treatment.

Applying baits to termite infected timbers
Applying baits to termite infected timbers
Termites in AG bait station
Termites feeding on bait inside bait station

Using baits to protect buildings from future termite attacks

Termites are active in the soil around most buildings in Australia. By installing a termite monitoring system in the soil around the building, it provides an early warning system for termites trying to attack your home.

The termite monitoring system consists of wood placed inside plastic bait stations in the soil. Any termites in the area will find and start feeding on this wood. This activity is picked up during the regular inspections and a termite bait is then added to the bait station. The termites then start feeding on the bait and the colony is doomed and the building is protected.

Termites eating bait in a bait station

Termites eating bait in an in-ground bait station

How long do baits take to work?

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 your home!

What termite baiting systems do we use?

At Specialist Termite Control we have access to all the leading termite baiting products, allowing us to choose the best product for a given situations.

Termite baiting systems:

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