Termite Bait Stations
Installing termite bait stations throughout a property provides a long term method for eliminating these wood devouring insects from your home. Professional pest control services often use termite bait stations in combination with liquid termite chemical treatments to eradicate the pests that inhabit colonies around your house. Termite baiting is a wide reaching, long lasting method that can gradually destroy entire colonies when it’s performed effectively.
Termite bait stations are made of materials that contain cellulose, a plant-based fiber that provides food for these pests. Cardboard and paper are attractive to these insects, but paper or cardboard baits disintegrate quickly if they’re implanted in the moist soil around a residence. Wooden units may be a more appropriate solution for long term, underground installation. Installing a large number of units increases the likelihood that the insects will come across the baits in their foraging expeditions.
Installation of of Termite Stations
Termite stations act as attractants for members of the colony who are foraging for food. As these pests tunnel through the soil, searching for edible wood-based materials, they encounter the termite bait stations. The stations are implanted with a chemical that slowly kills these pests. After a termite ingests the toxin, it carries the substance back to the colony, where it feeds the poison to other insects. Over time, the substance from the bait kills the colony members, protecting your home from further infestations.
Licensed pest control professionals know how to install bait stations in the most favorable locations on your property. Termite bait stations are often installed near the damp soil around your home, around stacks of firewood or along wooden fences. Bait is frequently implanted near outdoor areas where visible damage has already taken place. Termite bait stations must be placed in areas where foraging pests are likely to encounter them, or they will not ingest the bait and the treatment will not be effective.
Stations can also be placed inside your home, in places where termite activity has already been detected. Mud tubes, the tunnels that these pests build to travel back and forth from their colonies to the home, are good locations for setting up termite bait stations. A pest control technician may break the tube open, then place a station near the opening. As the insects travel through the tube, they are attracted to the wood-containing components of the bait.
Baiting is usually combined with another treatment method, like the application of chemical or metal barriers in the ground around a residence. Because these insects are persistent, secretive and can cause severe structural damage, more than one treatment is often required to eradicate them completely. After treatment, a pest control service will recommend regular inspections to ensure that the property is not reinfested. If bait stations have been installed, they must be monitored by the service to confirm that they’re effective.
Baiting termites can be a tricky process, requiring careful monitoring, time and patience. Although pest control professionals can predict insect feeding patterns, there are many factors that can affect the success of this method. Seasonal temperature changes can affect foraging behavior. In warm, rainy seasons, this method is likely to be more productive. When the temperature drops and the ground hardens, foraging may be more limited.
In addition to the baits themselves, pest control technicians install monitoring devices on the property to track insect activity in the area where the termite bait stations have been installed. These plastic devices are implanted in the surface of the soil around the house. With many systems, a wooden stake is attached to the monitoring device. Pest control professionals can remove the monitoring device once or twice a month to check the wood for signs of destruction.
Even if there is no further pest activity inside a home, members of neighboring colonies in the area may travel onto the property and find the units. Managing these colonies and preventing reinfestation can be a lengthy process. Once the treatments have been proven effective, a reliable pest control service will continue to perform inspections every few months to check for signs of colonization outside or inside the home.
Because of the monitoring services involved, this treatment method may be more costly than using liquid chemicals alone. However, chances of long term success may be higher if you combine multiple treatments to eradicate these reclusive, wood devouring species. Compare estimates from several reliable services before you make a decision.
For a small annual fee, many services will offer a guarantee of their work called a termite bond. A bond is a written agreement between the pest control company and the homeowner, guaranteeing that the company will retreat or repair the property if termite bait stations and other treatments are not effective. Consult several licensed professionals in your community about their extermination methods and service guarantees.