Termite Baiting

In the recent past poisoning termites was almost impossible as they are able to sense even the smallest traces of toxic agents in their environment. Researchers tried testing a variety of poisons on wood and cardboard found it almost impossible to get the termites to eat the laced substances.

Advances in chemical technology have created new baits that have changed all this. Termites are unable to detect them, making it far easier to poison them. A bait station will generally contain a cellulose-based material that has been treated with active ingredients such as chlorfluazuron.

Chlorfluazuron is an anti-moulting agent, causing the termites to dry out and die. It passes easily and rapidly between termites after contact.

Bait stations are placed in areas where termites may be active. Once termites consume the bait, they carry it back to the colony and the poison spreads.

The aim of baiting systems is to neutralise the queen, she is the sole breeding female and is able to lay up to 2000 eggs a day. Once the queen has been neutralised, the rapid and uncontrolled growth of the colony comes to a halt. Because baiting only requires a few termites to be infected at the baiting station it is one of the most efficient and effective means of eradicating an entire colony.

Each baiting station can also be used to monitor termite activity so that the species of termite and the success of the eradication process and be ascertained.

Everyday Pest Control offer comprehensive termite baiting services.

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