What’s the most effective form of termite control?
When it comes to termites, you have a few options available. The most popular, and effective method of termite control is termite baiting. However, termite dusts and termite foams can also be effective. The choice of product will depend on the location of the activity, how much activity is present and the termite species concerned. All things considered, termite baits are our preferred method of control.
We prefer termite baiting as it is the only proven method to consistently eradicate the actual termite nest. This means that the termites will be removed, and the threat of them returning eradicated.
There are two main termite management systems designed to protect buildings from termite attack. The first is a using a termite baiting and monitoring system; the other is a chemical treatment used in the soil around and under buildings. Keep reading for more info on both of these options.
Termite monitoring and baiting systems:
Termite monitoring systems consist of a number of plastic bait pods dug into the ground around the property. Termite food, commonly wood, is then placed in the bait stations. Any termites in the area will find the bait stations and start feeding on the wood. When we come back to check on the baits, we will be able to top up the bait as it is eaten away. As the Termites then start feeding on the bait (containing slow acting insecticide), they then take it back to their termite colony and will destroy the whole nest, and therefore protecting your property.
Whilst we use both chemical soil termite control treatments alongside termite monitoring systems, we generally have a preference for termite baiting and monitoring systems for the following reasons;
- Can be used with a wide range of construction types and soil conditions
- There is less disruption during installation – in most situations, no drilling or digging up pavers and garden beds is needed.
- There is less disruption needed to remove the pods. Homeowners concerned about their gardens will not need to worry about degrading the eradication process as is sometimes the case with chemical treatment areas.
- No chemicals are sprayed around the home, so it’s safer for your family and pets.
- Baiting is a more environmentally friendly termite eradication solution
- If termites are present then this system will always kill the entire nest.
- Baiting is the fastest way to get rid of the termites that are there right now, and also prevent future termite attacks.
Chemical soil treatments for termites
The idea of a soil treatment is that the chemical treated zone, in conjunction with the physical properties of the building, prevents termites getting into the house without being noticed. However, chemical treatments to the soil do not create a completely secure “barrier”, they create a chemical treated zone. For example, termites can still build a trail over the treated zone, either within a mud tube or by using a tree root or other “bridge”. Unfortunately, this can limit their effectiveness.
Chemical treated zones are useful, but they are not a set and forget – 6 or 12 monthly inspections are still required to maintain any warranty. It is also not possible to use chemical treatments in all situations. Particular soil types or types of construction can mean that a continuous application of a chemical treatment is not possible. With holes in the zone, its effectiveness is greatly reduced. To learn more about what the best option is for your home, contact us today.
How do termite baits work?
Termite baits contain food (cellulose) that the termites love and a slow-acting insecticide. The baits are positioned where the termites are feeding, they then return to the nest passing the insecticide back to its nest mates and the queen. Over the course of a couple of weeks, the whole nest will be destroyed.
Unfortunately, baits don’t always work well on all species. In such situations, we will use another product to eliminate termites from the building.