Termite baiting is a widely used method to eradicate these wood devouring insects from a property on a long term basis. Baiting termites is a process that is best left to professional pest control services. Even though homeowners can buy baiting systems from retail outlets or online vendors, these devices must be installed and monitored correctly to ensure their effectiveness. Professional pest control technicians have access to advanced termite baiting devices that can eliminate entire colonies of these pests over time.
If you notice any of the common signs of termite activity in or around your home, contact a licensed exterminator that specializes in termite treatments. Signs of infestation may include visible mud tubes running along the foundations, crawlspaces or exterior walls of your home; piles of black or white droppings; swarms of winged termite in the warmer months; discarded wings; and multiple, tiny holes in baseboards or other wooden structures. A licensed termite inspector can confirm the infestation and recommend the best course of treatment.
Bait Components and Installation
Termite baiting is the process of attracting these wood destroying pests using a device made of wood, cardboard or paper. Termites feed on materials that contain cellulose, a sturdy plant based fiber. As the insects forage through your property, they encounter the baiting devices and consume the toxic substance implanted inside the bait. These toxins act slowly enough to allow the foraging pests to return to their colonies and share the termite toxin with other colony members. Gradually all of the colony members can be destroyed by careful baiting.
In order to be effective, baiting devices must be installed throughout the property in areas where foraging insects are likely to find them. Professional exterminators know where to leave the baits in order to produce the most effective results. Baiting these insects demands an understanding of their foraging patterns and a knowledge of how and where they are likely to find the devices. Termite baiting also requires accurate timing, as insects are likely to be inactive in colder weather, when the ground is hard and frozen.
Termite baiting devices are often installed in the soil around a property, where the subterranean species build their colonies. The subterranean insects are drawn to damp areas of the property, preferably where there is access to a source of wood. Old tree stumps, firewood piles, wooden fences and mailboxes are common sites for colonization. Pest control technicians will often implant baits in these areas, in the expectation that the pests will find them in their search for food.
Baits may also be placed in areas where damage has already occurred, or where activity is likely to take place. Technicians will often install baits beside mud tubes, the tunnels created by the pests in order to travel safely from the colony to the house. Hollowed beams, baseboards with kickout holes and other areas of obvious activity are popular locations for installing termite baiting products. The more baits are installed strategically throughout your property, the more effective these traps are likely to be.
Combining Termite Treatments
Although termite baiting may be performed as a stand alone treatment, it is often combined with other treatments to produce longer lasting results. Liquid termiticides may be injected in the damp, soft soil surrounding the house to kill or repel the pests as they forage for food. At the same time, baits may be used to ensure that these liquid chemical barriers are effective over the long run. While termite baiting is not an instantaneous approach to killing the subterranean species, the method can be very effective after a period of weeks or months.
In order to ensure that the baits are working properly, technicians will come to your property regularly to monitor these devices. Monitoring stations are implanted in the ground to verify the presence of insect activity. These monitors are attached to wooden stakes, which will show signs of damage if foraging workers are in the vicinity. The effectiveness of this system and the duration of treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as the weather, the workers’ behavior patterns and the durability of the baits.
Because cardboard and paper can fall apart quickly in damp soil, wooden devices are used more frequently for underground installation. Professional exterminators know which types of devices to use in different areas of your property. These professionals also know which combination of methods will have the most significant impact on your home.
Effective termite baiting can require a lot of experience, time and patience. The behavior of these wood destroying species is not always easy to predict with 100 percent certainty. When you’re searching for a reliable pest control service, look for a licensed company with a substantial history of eradicating colonies in your community.