Baits are a common way to deal with indoor insect problems, like ants or cockroaches, but they are not the typical approach for taking care of termite problems. But as techniques are improving, more and more people are going with this method to help control and get rid of termite colonies that threaten your home.
And don’t forget that termites can attack anywhere, even in urban settings. Just ask Nassau County pest control company, Fox, who deal with termites in New York all the time.
What are Termite Baits
Unlike insects who like to devour a wide range of foods, termites really only eat wood and cellulose (paper or cardboard). That makes it a little tougher to use appealing baits to help spread poison through the colony. Even so, newer techniques have been developed to improve the baiting approach with termites.
Baits are a cellulose material that has been impregnated with insecticide. Active termites chew up the bait and bring it back to share with the colony. The poison acts slowly so that it can be passed around before killing the insects. It’s a slow but steady approach that can kill off an entire colony, which is the ideal outcome that sprays can rarely achieve.
How Are They Used
Though bait stations can be established inside the house, it’s usually done outdoors where the bulk of a colony is still living. Very seldom do entire populations of termites move completely into a house.
Termites don’t sniff out food like most other insects, they simply tunnel around until they come across some palatable wood. That can make it tricky to lure them into bait stations. The usual approach is to establish underground bait stations that just have untreated wood in them. With regular examination, you can find out when termites “discover” the food source. Once they’ve started tunneling to the station locations, the plain wood is replaced with a cellulose material that is laced with slow-acting pesticides.
Sometimes it can take weeks or even months for the stations to be triggered. It’s not necessarily a quick solution, but it can be a very effective one over the longer term.
Using a termite bait system isn’t something that your average homeowner will want to manage on their own, especially since you may need a dozen or more bait stations at your disposal.
Better than Spraying?
The more common approach to termite treatment is to spray a barrier of pesticides in the soil around your home, so they cannot tunnel too closely to your house. While this is a very effective method, people are becoming a bit more eco-conscious and are looking for solutions that involve less widespread toxic applications to the soil.
Now, this has all been about taking care of a colony that is outside of your home. If you have termites currently invading your house, you’ll have to take a more immediate route to get them removed. Inside, you’ll still want to spray or otherwise use quicker methods to get rid of the termites already in the house to prevent any further wood damage.