20 Oct. 17

Getting Rid of Termites: Introduction to Termite Baits

Termites are structural pests that can destroy the foundations of your home, and cause thousands of dollars in damages. The problem is compounded by the fact that homeowners don't have any knowledge about termites, and therefore are unable to notice the signs early on. However, there are lots of professional pest control services that specialize in eradicating termites from properties.

Termite baiting systems

Termite baiting is a common treatment used by pest control experts.

The methods for removing and eliminating termites have also evolved over time, and nowadays, one of the best ways to get rid of this troublesome pest is through a termite bait. We are going to discuss termite baits in this article, so homeowners can make better decisions when eliminating termites.

Termite Baits: An Effective Way to Eliminate Termites

Termite baiting has become popular in recent years, especially because it is clean, and entire populations and colonies of termites can be destroyed easily and quickly. When a termite bait is set up, small edible materials are put in place, which will attract termites and eliminate them. Termites forage, and when they get to the bait, they will share it with their nest-mates, which will slowly cause an eradication of the entire colony.

This is where a comprehensive termite bait system can be such an effective method of dealing with these troublesome pests on a homeowner's property. However, once the bait has been put into place, it will require regular monitoring, inspection and re-baiting when required. A termite bait can be made from a mixture of palatable food, cardboard, paper, and a slow-acting chemical that kills termites.

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The termite bait must be tasty and appealing enough to attract termites, so that they keep consuming it, even if there is structural wood, tree roots, woodpiles, and stumps around. The bait must also not kill the termites too quickly, this will lead to dead and sick termites accumulating near the bait, and the other termites will avoid that area. A termite bait, set-up with a chemical that has a delayed-reaction is preferred, because it is lethal and makes it easier for entire colonies to be eliminated.

The Best Way to Use a Termite Bait

There are several debates about the best way to use a termite bait, since there are multiple methods you can deploy a termite bait. You can bury the termite bait in the ground outside in your yard, or you can have it installed inside the structure, where there are active termite mud tubes. On some properties, the only way to treat termite infestations is through a bait, which is why it is important you know the best way to use a termite bait.

Installation Below Ground

Most components used in a termite bait will decompose quickly when placed underground, which is why installations have untreated wood. This will attract termites, and will help eliminate them, because termites are unable to see or smell underground, and this increases the chances of them being caught in the bait. To further increase the chances of termites getting caught in the bait, you should install it underground at intervals of about 10 to 20 feet around the perimeter of your house.

Above-Ground Installation

You can install a termite bait above the ground as well, especially in areas where there is a lot of termite activity. The best way to install them is putting the bait directly in the path of the termite mud tubes and tunnels, or you could even mount them directly over termite infestation drywall, wood, or other structures. The effects of a termite bait when it is installed above ground is faster, than when it is installed underground. However, it all depends on how serious the infestation is and the best way to eliminate termites on your property.

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