Kill termites and white ants without poisons
This bloke was the first in the world to create a DIY termite control system. Thousands of Aussie homeowners are using this advice and products. They’re getting the job done themselves, and saving money.
START HERE Australia’s foremost expert on termites and white ants Ion Staunton is an entomologist, former pest technician, TAFE teacher and textbook author.
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How do white ants/termites find Termite Traps?
They send out scouts to find wood and, there is very attractive wood inside a Termite Trap. (The one recommended by CSIRO). TermiTraps are designed to be placed up on the ground rather than be buried in it. For millions of years, there has always has been more wood above ground level than under it, so the acquired habit of scouts is to go out above ground level to find timber. Another survival habit: termites do not rely on just one food source. They are constantly seeking supplementary food sources. Too many times there have been flash floods and bushfires or dinosaurs/mammoths have moved their main meal. To survive, multiple feeding sites became a necessity. And, so it continues… The short answer: the more TermiTraps you have placed around your home, above the ground where termite scouts are looking, the sooner and more likely you are to intercept scouts.
Do monitors attract termites to my house?
My house is only three years old. It must have been built to meet Codes including termite preventive measures, and anyway, isn’t there a seven-year builder’s warranty to cover me?
If termites are already in my house can I use Termite Traps to entice them out?
Not a good idea. It takes time for scouts to find a TermiTrap outside and then more time for the ‘construction team’ to build a tunnel to it. Then even more time to bait them. During all that time, they are still hollowing out the timbers in your house. If you can find termites busy eating timbers such as skirting boards, window or door frames, it is best to directly bait them right away. Here’s the link to text and illustrations explaining the process.
What are the dimensions of a TermiTrap?