Eradicating termites involves more than just "killing the termites"!
The aim is to kill off the whole nest rather than just the ones that are attacking your home.
Baiting involves more than just putting a bait box where termites are found.
Once the termites have been identified, it's important to bait correctly, this involves:
- . Baiting at a feeding site - termites will rarely want to feed along a shelter tube, they have areas where they are feeding and all the termites know where they are as they communicate via pheromones, so it's important to install the bait at the correct location.
- Bait without disturbance - termites shy away from any dangers, particularly the workers - which do the feeding. As soon as a breach of their workings occurs, the termite workers evacuate the area and the soldiers head straight for the breach to defend the colony. The Soldiers don't do any feeding, so you want to keep this situation to a minimum, otherwise the termites might shut down the feeding site and go elsewhere.
- Supplying the bait in a way that termites will find desirable - Termites know what they like, and each species is different, so it's important that bait placement and consistency is in line with the preference of the termites that have been found. If it's not done correctly, the termites may just bypass the bait and keep feeding on your home.