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If you have come across a pest control company that claims that a termite bait system should only be checked every six months or so, then you’re in for a surprise. These systems need to be checked at least every month, and with good reason too.
Termites have a knack for destroying property. They are attracted to the cellulose found in building materials. Eliminating termites and their colonies around your property shouldn’t be a one-time done deal. It is always a continuous process that a reputable and experienced pest control company, such as Pest-Ex Pest Control in Brisbane, should do, especially in high-risk areas.
How It Works
A termite bait system works like this.
Your home would be outfitted with 20 to 25 stations around its perimeter. The number depends on how big the property is and how extensive the colonies are.
Inside each station is timber that acts as bait. The wood has a slow-release chemical that is meant to eliminate the colony over time. It affects the termite’s molting process.
A pest control company should be able to check the stations monthly because once the timber runs out, these stations are just hollow plastic containers in the ground. The termites will now have to look for other food sources, which would most likely be your home.
It is important that the termite baits are in good condition and fresh, or else the termites won’t get attracted to it and simply move on to what’s appealing to them.
How Renewal Works
A good pest control company would have a contract that spans 12 months. This means they would be able to check the stations every four weeks or so.
Each renewal, the technician will do a full house inspection and see if the termites have begun infesting the property (aside from the baits). If there are no infestations, he will proceed to renew the timber in each station that is laden with chemicals called Focused Termite Attractor.
This is supposed to happen every month to ensure that the termites have been eliminated.
If the house or area is low-risk, the technician might be able to stretch the period from 4 to 8 weeks. For high-risk properties with proven termite history, monthly renewal is a must!
Don’t be one of those homeowners who think that having a system installed means they’re set for life. Don’t also be fooled by companies that lead you to believe such. The process of eliminating termites is an ongoing one.
Why Some Termite Bait Systems Fail
Some systems fail because the pest control company was inconsistent with checking the traps. As stated above, monthly check-ups should be done to be able to ensure that the system in place becomes effective.
Always ask the company if their contract states that they do monthly inspections. If not, it’s best to look for someone else.
DIY Baits Don’t Work Either
There are over-the-counter baits that some homeowners buy, thinking they can eliminate the termites themselves and save on costs. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen at all.
What homeowners don’t know is that termite bait systems from pest control companies aren’t just outfitted with timber slabs; they are chemicals that attract the termites.
Aside from this, bait systems are never above ground level; it should be buried underground. The timber should be in contact with the soil, where the termites usually look for food.
Whenever you suspect a termite infestation, it will never hurt to call the professionals. They have the knowledge and experience to deal with pests properly and effectively with the use of industry-approved materials and systems. Good luck!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.