Termite Baiting

termite baitingTermite baiting systems are a smart, eco-friendly way of controlling termite activity. They can be installed around the perimeter of your home to be used as an effective ‘safeguard monitoring system’ protecting your property against any possible subterranean termite attack, but they are also very effective in the treatment and eradication of an attacking colony.

Until recently, the most popular method of termite management was the application of a chemical termite barrier. The application of such a barrier to your home would typically involve spraying large volumes of toxic and environmentally persistent chemicals around and under its foundation in close proximity to you and your family. Baiting systems radically change all that by using termite baits that contain only a few grams of an active ingredient that is less toxic than table salt but lethal to termites. This means baiting has very low impact on the environment, is very safe and extremely effective at eradicating termites.

How baiting works

In-ground termite monitoring stations are strategically positioned around the building’s exterior, usually in garden beds and in likely termite nesting sites, to intercept the foraging termites before they enter your home. These in-ground stations are filled with an attractant that actively encourages termites to deviate away from the house, enter the monitoring station and feed.

Having your home treated in this way usually takes less than a day for the initial set up depending on the size of the home, its construction type and the accessibility of the exterior perimeter. The Stations are checked every 12 weeks and if any stations are found to have picked up ‘live activity’ they will be filled with a termite bait. This bait is non-toxic to humans and non-repellent to termites. Termites do not detect that the bait is killing them until it is too late! The attacking Termites who first consume the bait, unwittingly pass it on down to the rest of the colony through their mutual feeding and grooming habits, eventually destroying the whole colony and the Queen.

The ongoing maintenance and inspection of the monitoring stations is the key to this method of termite protection. This type of Termite management has proven both effective and popular as the stations are non-intrusive, relatively easy to install and require no applications of toxic pesticides. Once active bait is added and feeding is established in the station, the termites stop attacking the timbers inside your home which is a real advantage in minimising timber damage. In-ground stations, properly serviced and maintained, effectively protect a building from termite attack year after year.
A successful baiting program should always be complimented with some form of on-going termite management, such as 12 monthly termite inspections. There are several major brands of baiting systems now available in Australia.

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