Over the past couple of years termite baiting systems have improved quite considerably. The system even the otherwise lowery effective DIY systems are increasingly effective against terminating colonies of termites. This is why many improved systems are used by commercial pest control companies with the only exception being higher efficiency. That being said commercial services are expensive and may just be too expensive if you just want to defeat a small colony of termites or a chronic termite problem. The effectiveness of the system can be increased when combined with liquid soil treatments.
How the process works?
If you want to try out termite baiting to fend of future termite infestations or eliminate the one you are already dealing with then there are a few things that you ought to consider. The majority of termite bait stations are made from cardboard, paper and termite food which is combined with other slow acting substances that are either natural or artificial aimed at killing termites. There are commercial stations that are designed for subterranean installation, these can be installed out in the lawn, or near feeding sites of the termites. Ideally, you’ll want to install these bait stations near active termite created tunnels after you break the tubes. However, locating these tunnels can be difficult if you’re not an expert or do not know how to recognize the telltale signs of these pests.
The benefits of termite baiting systems
There are a number of benefits of using DIY termite baiting systems. Below we look at a few of the biggest benefits:
- Termite baiting using off the shelf natural anti-termite material is very beneficial when it comes to eliminating termites from the basement, lawn, drawing room etc., all of which have lots of wood. It works wonders for homes built from the ground up using wood.
- The majority of termite baiting items used and sold are natural so it’s an ecofriendly system that does not harm your pets, lawn and yourself. It can also be used as an early termite detection system without the use of chemicals.
- Termite baiting is a lot cheaper than using commercial pest control techniques.
- Termite baits can also easily be used in locations where regular liquid termite formulas are not allowed i.e. near water sources, school buildings, hospitals etc. They may also be prohibited for homes of the elderly or buildings where the elderly reside.
- Compared to soil treatment, structural barriers and other commercial pest control, termite baits are in fact very easy to install. Most people can install them correctly by just reading the instructions.
Limitations of the system
- The majority of DIY termite baits out there us a natural slow acting toxin or a combination of toxins. This happen to be very slow especially if a large or a few large colonies need to be eliminated. In comparison commercial soil treatment will act faster.
- Termites may damage the structure of your entire home for a pretty long time until their numbers have been brought under control via the bait system. This can take a pretty long time in the case of large colonies.
- The baits can become pretty expensive especially if they are multiple termite colonies that need to be eliminated. It can take well up to a year until they are all exterminated.
- A colony that has been brilliantly suppressed with baits does not mean that it will deter future infestations. If you are near an already infested and abandoned home there is little you can do with these baits except continue baiting and hope they never return.
- In some cases soil treatments and barrier methods are a lot cheaper and just require monthly inspections. This is true if you have a large home.
- Termites like all other insects learn to identify the baits. Some termites may not take the bait and so they’ll not die. This can be frustrating for a home owner who does not see progress.
When to opt for commercial pest control and when to do it yourself?
This is not an easy question to answer because it all depends on the extent of the termite infestation you’re dealing with. As a rule of thumb if you identify more than two termite nests its best to hire a professional for the job. If you see one or maybe two nests then baits will be more cost effective.
Manu Alias is one of the leading experts on commercial pest control and DIY methods. His pest control techniques are some of the most effective and unconventional. When he’s not eliminating troublesome pests Mark finds himself pouring over domestic schematics planning his next extermination.