I thought I would share my thoughts on termite baiting
I have personally been working with termite baiting systems for around 15 years and I must say the results have been remarkable.
What a change we have gone through, in the early days of my pest control career the main method of termite nest eradication was the application of arsenic trioxide dust either directly into the nest or by applying it discretely to the termite workings the aim was to get as many termites as possible to come into contact with the dust and transfer it back to the nest.
Enter the Sentricon Colony Ellimination System, working with a company that was involved in trialing this product when it was first introduced to Australia around 15 years ago was very exciting to say the least, we could now really learn about termites, their biology and behaviour first hand and the results where amazing.
Over the past 15 years the product has undergone slight changes and many new and exciting baiting systems have come onto the market however the principle remains the same, elliminating the attacking colony through the consumption of a bait matrix which inhibits the termites ability to moult.
The beauty of these products is that whilst the attacking termite colony is consuming the bait they are unaware of the devastaing effect it will have on them until they reach the end of their moult cycle by which time the damage is done and the colony is undergoing ellimiation.
Along the way we see both physical and behavioural changes in the termites which to a trained eye helps us determine the sucess of the baiting program. These termite baits have a very low mamalian toxicity and are recognised as being environmentally friendly
The baits come in two basic forms one is a monitoring station which is placed around the external perimeter of the premises to detect foraging termites and a bait matrix is introduced when the termites are detected in the station, the second is commonly known as an above ground bait station that contains the active bait matrix and is installed directly where termites are feeding.
These baits are monitored on a frequent basis usually monthly and additional baits added as required until colony ellimination has been determined, this could take anywhere from 3 to 18 months (usually 4-9 months) depending on the species of termite and distance of the nest from the premises in question.
Termite management has come along way and has never been safer for the home owner or more environmentally friendly, with ongoing training and the science behind these termite baiting systems constantly improving you the home owner can be assured of keeping your biggest asset safe from these timber munching critters.
To find out more about termite baiting please take a look at our termite baiting pest profile page
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