Baiting has been used for many years and is gaining popularity for termite protection and eradication.
What is Termite baiting?
Baiting in it's simplest form means feeding termites on a matrix* that they find attractive to feed on. It's like restaurant food for Termites. However, that delicious dish that they are feeding on is laced with an insecticide that ends up destroying the colony. The termiticides used are generally very safe and super effective. They vary from the common insecticides in that they don't kill termites quickly, in many cases adult termites are not affected at all, but an insect growth regulator (Commonly known as an IGR) inhibits the natural development of the young and thus causes the colony to collapse.
Eliminating the colony thus removes the threat to your property, and so is an effective method or eliminating termites that are feeding on your home or used to eradicate termites surrounding your home. However, once the colony is eliminated your property may still be susceptible to termite attack. A program of ongoing monitoring of bait stations placed around the perimeter of your property can provide protection from colonies nearby and thus prevent termite infestations. However, these must be installed correctly and monitored regularly to be effective.
How do we know the termite colony has been eradicated?
Regular monitoring and and understanding of termite biology is required to come to an accurate conclusion regarding eradication of a termite colony. Once we have seen signs of the termite colony decline or collapse and have had a minimum of 2 subsequent visits where no activity is detected over a period of time, it can be determined that the colony is most likely eradicated. Care must be taken when baiting not to disturb feeding nor be too hasty to declare the colony eliminated.