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Termite Baiting System

A termite baiting system may be used as the sole treatment method for eradicating termites or in tandem with other treatments. Many pest control services use baiting in conjunction with liquid termiticide to ensure long lasting results. A baiting system kills the population gradually by distributing substances that are toxic to termites throughout the colony.

A termite infestation can be difficult to eliminate using only one approach. Subterranean species, like termites vs. flying ants, may be established both in underground colonies and in the house itself, while dry wood species may take up occupation deep in the wooden structures of your home. These secretive insects tend to stay well hidden, and removing them from all of their potential hiding places often requires more than one type of termite treatment. A termite baiting system is an effective method for eliminating these wood destroying pests over the long term.

Baiting System Components

A termite baiting system consists of a trap composed of wood, paper, cardboard or another material that contains cellulose, a plant fiber found in wood. The baiting device is implanted with a substance that’s toxic to termites. As the worker insects in the colony search for sources of nourishment, they find the termite baiting system, devour the toxins and take these substances back to the colony, where they’re shared with other colony members. Over time, the toxin destroys the colony, provided that the termite baiting system is effective.

Wood is widely used in constructing the traps because it is least likely to disintegrate in moist earth. Paper or cardboard will dissolve in a short period of time, but wood will last considerably longer. The system is monitored by the termite control service for evidence of insect activity. When activity is found, the toxins are added to the traps. Although the insects can’t actually see or smell the termite traps, they will usually come across the bait during their regular feeding activities. These insects are constantly foraging for sources of wood based food.

Baiting Installation

In order for a termite baiting system to work, multiple traps must be installed on the property, and the traps must be carefully monitored by termite control professionals. These traps are placed in areas where the wood devouring insects are likely to travel, such as the foundations of your house. Areas of your property that surround wooden fences, sheds or wood piles are also effective baiting locations. Within the system, numerous traps are installed to cover the foraging territory.

The effectiveness of a termite baiting system may depend on the time of installation. In the colder months, the system may attract less attention from wood devouring pests than in the warm months of spring and summer. The location of the traps must be planned so that the pests are more likely to encounter the baits. A pest control service applies a knowledge of the feeding patterns of local species to product the most effective results.

Traps may be installed either below the soil or above the ground. When clear signs of insect activity have been established, like mud tunnels leading from the soil along the foundations of the house, traps can be placed in proximity to these passageways. Sites where visible colonization or wood damage have occurred are also favorable locations for trap installation. Because activity in these areas has already been verified, above ground traps are often highly productive, but they are still used in tandem with underground installation.

Combining Treatments

A termite baiting system is often implemented as part of a global approach to eradicating these insects from the property. Liquid termiticides are often used in conjunction with the trap system for widespread extermination. These chemicals can be injected into the earth at the perimeter of the house or around wood piles or tree stumps to kill the wood devouring pests or block their entry into the home. Inside the house, termiticides can be applied to the wooden structures of the house, inside crawl spaces or along the foundations to kill the pests.

Many companies use more than one extermination for these wood destroying pests because they are so reclusive and difficult to find. During the warm months of spring, you may see the reproductive members of the colony swarming around your house as they search for mates to form new colonies. Aside from the swarming season, however, these species rarely make themselves visible.

If you need to hire a professional pest control service to inspect your house or apply treatment. Don’t hesitate to ask about the credentials and licensing of a company; reliable teams are happy to provide you with this information. Ask the company whether it uses a termite baiting system alone or in conjunction with other methods, and whether it offers an agreement called a termite bond to guarantee its services.

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