If you have noticed signs of termites in your home, such as hollow-sounding wood structures and frass on the ground, then you should absolutely call a pest control company. They will likely recommend baiting your home for these pests. This is a tried-and-true method for dealing with termites, and it generally more effective than simply spraying your home with insecticides. Still, as a homeowner, you are sure to have a few questions about what a termite bait system is. Hopefully you find the answers below.
Where are the baits placed?
In most cases, the baits are actually placed outside the home. They are placed below the surface of the soil, since this is where termite colonies are located. Your pest control technician will try to determine where the termites are most concentrated and the paths they are travelling to enter your home, and then they'll place the baits accordingly. The bait stations look like plastic cylinders. Once they are inserted below ground, all you see is the top of the cylinder, which you can pull up on to remove the bait station later on.
How do the baits work?
The bait inside the bait station is attractive to termites. They consider it food, but it is poisonous. It does not kill them instantly, however. The termites take the bait back to their nest, where they share it with other termites. Then, a day or two later, all of the termites that have consumed the bait die. This is why baits are able to kill more termites at once than insecticide spays — the insects share them.
How long do the baits last?
The baits typically need to be replaced every six months or so. After your first session with the baits in place, you should have far, far fewer termites in and around your home. However, there may still be a few bugs, so putting new baits in place is a good protective measure.
Are baits safe?
Baits are one of the safest options for treating termites. As mentioned above, the bait itself is buried below ground, so you don't have to worry about kids or pets being exposed to the pesticides unless they dig up the bait traps. Do keep an eye on your kids when they are playing outside, and remind them never to play with the bait traps.
Baiting is an effective way to get rid of termites. If you have additional concerns, talk to a pest control company near you.