Is termite bait harmful to my children or my pets? What about the birds I feed in the backyard? These are common questions homeowners ask when considering use of bait to control termites. The short answer is that household safe termite bait is safe for people, pets and wildlife, but fatal for termites.
Termite Bait Inhibits Termite Growth
Homeowners can buy household safe termite bait that contains chlorfluazuron. This chemical inhibits termite growth and prevents young nymphs from forming their necessary hard outer shell. They nymphs die and the gases from their decomposing bodies kill the rest of the colony. While the chemical kills young termites, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority lists this chemical as not toxic to people or animals.
Bait Safely Controls Termites Indoors and Outside
Termite bait can be placed in strategically located monitors around the outside of your property. The bait also can be placed indoors directly on timber that termites are harvesting. Regular inspections of termite monitors and replenishment of bait will result in successful termite control.
Bait Can Be Effective Alternative to Liquid Soil Pesticide
Household safe termite bait offers an environmentally friendly alternative to drenching soil with pesticides to make chemical barriers — which can be breached or bridged.