Termite bait contains a chemical called chlorfluazuron that restricts development of the termite’s hard outer shell. Termite workers carry this chemical back in the food regurgitated to the young nymphs in the termite nest. when they fail to form this critical shell they die. Gases and fungus from the dead termites in the nursery area surrounding the queen kills her and the entire colony.
Control Termites by Baiting the Workers
Termite workers scout daily for wood that they eat and bring back to the nests to regurgitate for the colony because soldiers, nymphs and royals cannot feed themselves. The bait is effective at termite control because it includes a cellulose powder that attracts workers and provides an easier digestive option than gnawing through wood.
Bait is Safe for People but Deadly for Termites
The insect growth regulator chemical in termite bait is safe for people, pets and wildlife; its effect is deadly for termites nymphs, who cannot moult and die.
Do-it-Yourselfers Can Buy Their Own Termite Bait
Owners can control termites at home by mixing the termite bait with water and following the illustrated instruction sheet that comes with it.
Learn more on our termite bait page.