- Both companies began offering DIY systems about the same time
- Both founders know their termites
- They both offer monitors to intercept scouting termites
- They both offer treatment to kill off the colony
A polypropylene box containing timber which is placed on gardens, on pavers, over expansion joints in concrete slabs (anywhere but a lawn)
Is by observing termite mud in a hole
of box is 10-20 years and only the bottom edge of the timber is in contact with soil moisture.
- Cost: Monitors
22 for $475 Including P&H & manual
A timber stake driven into the soil of gardens and lawns to be flush with the surface.
is by observing termite mud in a window.
is dependent on degree of soil moisture causing rot to the stake in the soil.
- Cost: Monitors
6 for $198 P&H extra. Includes manual
$33.00 ea + P&H
Before about 2000, termite control was about using barriers to prevent termites getting into buildings. The problem was (and still is) that barriers can be bridged or crossed or they degrade. The insecticides before the late 80s lasted 40-50 years; the replacement insecticides have warrantees or an expected life of 8-10 years.
Every time you see or hear about termite destruction it is because a barrier has failed. Monitors around the outside of buildings are there to intercept termite scouts looking for food and to aggregate termites in sufficient numbers to allow introduction of a treatment which is carried back to the nest by the continual rotation of workers.
It is crucial that the monitors be found by scouts. Termites come up out of the soil to find the timber inside buildings and scientific papers and trials have confirmed that monitors on the surface are found sooner than those buried in the ground. The on-ground TermiteTraps can also be put in more places around buildings so the whole perimeter is defended.
The two main types of chemical used are either a slow action insecticide that does not kill the worker before it can get back and hopefully contaminate the queen and nymphs causing death. The second type is using an insect growth regulator which interrupts the moulting process; this is also fed to royalty and all the other castes causing the death of the colony. The Green System uses the first, the TermiKill system uses the second type which is generally used by the vast majority of the professionals because although it takes longer, it is more reliable.