With a bunch of termite treatment techniques available around, it is no wonder if you are confused. Every technique has its purpose and working for certain termite types. The now widely available technique, termite baiting system, is one of the treatments that good for the subterranean type of termites. In case you have a subterranean termite infestation, read on this article to know more about the baiting system.
How to perform the technique?
To perform this technique, bait stations are put directly into the soil. Some of the systems use strips of wood or cartridge containing compressed cellulose materials as monitors to detect termite activity, then the bait is inserted. Other, simply use compressed cellulose that also contains chemicals.
The bait stations for Termite baiting system are inserted into the soil about 2-4 feet away from the foundation. Or closer when areas contain potentially infested items. uses a chemical such as Chitin Inhibitors. After knowing the termite activities, the chemical will be inserted in the bait stations, and the process has to be repeated until it reaches all termite populations.
How does it work?
The baiting system and the content won’t attract termite, instead, the termite workers have to find and eat the bait for the technique to work. Termite finds the bait station during their normal foraging activity. When the termite found this bait station, they will feed the bait and consume the chemical inside.
The termite bait toxicants used for this termite baiting system will slowly kill the worker termite. When the worker termites started to die, the other part of the colony will be neglected. There will be no delivery of outside food, and the internal food sources will be depleted. Thus, the termites will starve to death.
How long it takes?
The impact of this baiting system is not immediate. The chemical used will make the termite unable to molt, which means only adult termite will be affected. To kill all the worker termites also take time, it depends on the size of the colony and the numbers of the worker termites.
Approximately, worker termite molts an average 5-7 times and lives for 5 or 6 years. So it could be said that the effect could take longer than 5-6 years. The baiting program continues year-around, as long as you can maintain contact with the pest-control company.
What is the possible drawback?
The cost of this treatment may be higher than the liquid treatment. Since the process of termite baiting system is labor-intensive and takes a longer time, it may cost you more. The area covered also counts, a larger house will require more bait stations. The long-term contract and annual inspection are needed for this technique. Even though your long-term contract with the pest control company will cost you more money, make sure your contract includes annual inspection.
The explanation given in this article may not explains all the necessary information on the baiting system. If you are living in Singapore, call FUMIDA termite control service for more information. Hopefully, this article gave you enough basic information about the baiting system. Thank you.