Every TV news item you see on termites is the result of termites crossing a barrier to get into the building. Placing TermiTraps around your home gives wood-eating termites some easy-to-find decoy timbers so they don’t have to continue on up inside to find timbers in the house.
The tyranny of termite instincts.
As a colony and as individuals, termites can only follow what has been programmed into them for millions of years. Each unfailingly follows their caste role; circumstances may differ but their instincts cannot change.
It makes it easier for us to defend our homes once we understand this tyranny of termite instincts.
We use these instincts against them
- Termite scouts are constantly searching for additional food.
- They always protect their environment to retain humidity and exclude ants using a ‘mud’ mixture.
- The worker termite’s main job is to find food, return to the nest and feed the nymphs and Royalty like an endless conveyor belt. It’s what they do.
How we use these three instincts against them
- We give them plenty of Traps to find in places they go looking
- The open base allows them access to discover the food inside. We’ve left an open hole in the lid which they seal to control humidity loss. The sealed hole tells you they’ve arrived.
- By feeding them a bait which is more palatable, they take it instead of chewed wood back to their nest
When scouts find a Trap, they ‘report back to base’ and tunneling is commenced to the new food site. Once the Trap is sealed up around the base, they seal up the hole in the lid. This is your signal to add the bait!
What you use
There are 22 Traps in a carton to spread around about 3 metres apart. There is no digging. Place them on the garden soil, over the cracks between pavers, over expansion joints against the wall or in sheds, etc. Check the signal hole in the lid as you walk past or at least every 3 months.