Termite baits are widely used to eradicate these pests and prevent costly damage to the wooden structures of your home. Termite infestations typically begin outside of your dwelling, in soft soil where moisture gathers. Before termites invade your home, they may establish colonies in the ground surrounding a woodpile, or in the soil near the spot where you store a garden hose. Termites thrive on moisture, and you are likely to find their colonies around leaky outdoor faucets or in the damp earth under a porch.
For the average homeowner, signs of a termite infestation may be difficult to spot. These insects are very small and reclusive, and they tend to either burrow into their underground colonies or hide inside tree trunks, fence posts or lumber. Once they’ve migrated from the soil into your house, they can set up residence inside beams, floor joists, furniture, even books. Sagging or buckling walls or ceilings are late signs of severe termite damage. Earlier signs may include mud tubes along exterior walls, wooden pellets like sawdust on the floor, droppings and discarded wings.
Purpose of Baiting Systems
Pest control professionals frequently use a combination of termite baits and other pest elimination treatments to eradicate termites. Treatments must address the infested areas inside and outside of the home. Although you can buy do it yourself termite baits, sprays, fumigants and other products commercially, licensed professionals have access to specialized rods and drills that can inject termiticide — liquid pesticide that targets termites — into the soil or into the structures of your home.
When injected into the soil, termiticides form a chemical barrier that protects your house against future infestation. Insects that have already invaded the house will not be able to return to their colonies. Because these insects cannot survive without returning to the soil, they will eventually die. Baits reinforce the actions of other pesticides to provide maximum protection for your residence. Non toxic methods, such as metal or sand barriers, are employed by some companies to eliminate infestation.
In tandem with liquid termiticide, pest control professionals use baits to ensure that long term eradication of these pests takes place. Termite baits are constructed of wood-based materials that serve as food for a termite, such as cardboard, wood or paper. An insecticide that eradicates termites is placed inside the baits. After ingesting these slow acting poisons, a termite will return to its home, where it share the substance with other members of the colony. Over time, the toxic substance in termite baits will gradually kill off the colony and block the infestation.
Termite baits are placed in areas where the pests are likely to congregate. A pest control service will install baits inside the home, near areas where mud tubes have been established. Mud tubes are visible, snakelike tunnels, which the insects use to travel into or out of a house. Baits will also be placed in soil where the bugs dwell. After the termite baits have been installed in strategic locations throughout the property, they must be monitored to ensure that they are effective. Professionals know how to determine whether a trap has been inhabited.
Combining Termite Treatments
While a baiting system may be used as a stand alone treatment, many professionals use baits to back up the effects of liquid chemicals. Although liquid termiticide is generally very effective, a chemical barrier can’t always protect an entire dwelling against these persistent, reclusive insects. Barriers may leave gaps in the soil, which the insects can burrow through to reach a house, shed or porch. Many pest control companies believe that a combination of termite baits with liquid treatments is the most effective way to prevent further infestation.
If you’ve seen signs of these insects in or around your house, the property may already be infested. Discarded wings — dropped by the reproductive members of the colony during their swarming season — inside the house are an almost sure sign that the insects have infested the home. Before you contact a pest control service to schedule an inspection, compare quotes from several companies in your area on the cost of treatments. Reliable companies are licensed by the state agencies that regulates the pest control industry in your state.
Although some states permit the sale of termite baits to non-licensed homeowners, this treatment is more effective when performed by a professional service. Professionals are familiar with residential building construction and know where to place these devices in order to attract the pests. In addition, licensed contractors know how to monitor the status of the traps to confirm that they’re performing effectively. An infestation can be a widespread phenomenon, affecting your entire property. For long lasting eradication, compare estimates from the top services in your area.