A termite baiting system is the most effective and reliable termite treatment and defence method in use.
Because termite workers carry termite bait back to the nest to kill the whole colony
There are two ways to bait termites :
Directly to timber under termite attack.
Directly onto or into termite baiting stations that are under attack.
Worker termites cannot help but follow their instincts (evolution pattern):
- Termites search for wood
- Termites build a tunnel from their nest to the new wood source
- Termites chew off wood
- Termites take wood back to feed the queen and all the young.
Our Colony Killer Termite Bait is based on alpha cellulose, the main component of wood, but it is much easier to chew, swallow and regurgitate to feed their nestmates.
The active ingredient prevents the young termite nymphs developing a new shell or exoskeleton, meaning they die instead of completing their next moult in growing bigger.
These simultaneous deaths mean there are too many bodies for disposal and a toxic fungi grows on the corpses spreading to those living (including the reproductives)… and the whole termite colony dies.
This is much better than previous termite control methods.
Dusting the inside of timbers containing termite activity is always invasive and often disturbs them enough for them to vacate and by-pass the treated area… which means they are no longer in contact with the poisonous dust. A few hundred may die but the colony survives.
For the 50+ years up until the millennium in 2000, the major focus was on termite prevention.
Thousands of litres of barrier treatment pesticides were hosed onto building sites to poison the soil under and around foundations.
There were at least three things wrong with barrier pesticides:
- Termites are able to find too many ways past the soil barriers (one way is enough).
- Such long-lasting chemicals concerned homeowners
- Most significantly… it didn’t kill the nearby termite colonies!
Think about this last point for a moment.
Over 99.9% of colonies are situated outside buildings, so for around 50 years and in all the housing developments expanding from the cities and towns during that time, most termite colonies were not being killed!
Which of course increases the termite attacks on fences, sheds and other structures.
The major termite species threatening homes have a colony life of 30-50+ years.
They are all still out there, waiting, waiting, waiting for man-made or weather-made gaps in the pesticidal barriers.
Back to where we started this article:
Termite baiting stations are the most effective and reliable method of defending your home. Pest professionals switched over to it 20+ years ago and still favour it because it works best for them and homeowners.
Why? The wood inside the termite bait stations which are spread out around your home, are easily accessed by scouting termites looking for a new food source… before they try the more difficult task of getting inside your home.
And, baiting termite activity you find inside any timber is the best way to kill the colony because termites take the bait, instead of wood, back as food for the colony… wherever it happens to be. You don’t need to know where the nest is because they do! You’ll know the colony is dead when no more termites are feeding in the bait station.
If you’ve found termites eating your house, shed or other structures, don’t disturb them until you order and receive your Colony Killer Termite Bait… then follow the illustrated instructions to make a small hole in the surface of the timber they are eating and attach the foil pouch of bait to it. Termites will pass directly from the timber into the more easily eaten bait and begin taking it, rather than chewed wood, back home. And that kills that colony!
If you want to defend your home from possible attack rather than waiting, hoping it won’t happen, when your TermiTraps arrive, follow the instructions or watch the video showing ideal places to place them around your home as sentries to intercept scouting termites… before they attempt the more difficult task of entering your home to find the timber up inside it.
Homeowners do not need to know anywhere near as much about termites as professionals because they have to become accredited to do business with you.
Ion Staunton, our entomologist, taught TAFE and wrote their text books.
All you need to know is simply explained in our practical and illustrated instructions that come with the goods… and if you are unsure, phone 1800 20 30 20 and talk to us… we are humans.