Baiting has been used for many years and is gaining popularity for termite protection. But what is it and what does it do?
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.
A Sentricon Always Active Rod - Ready for installation!
The Sentricon always active system can be installed in concrete paths. Here we have carefully drilled a hole that will house the rod. If termites come within the vicinity of the home, they will start feeding on the rod which will subsequently eliminate the colony. Tests have shown that termites prefer feeding on this rod rather than timber!
The Rod is active from the moment of installation and can last up to 5 years!
A neat installation of the termite bait station in concrete.
Installing a Sentricon always active system.
A video of an installation of a Sentricon always active system. Protecting a new home in Newcastle.
Termites eating out a Sentricon always active rod!
This Sentricon Always active rod was significantly eaten out 8 weeks after installation! The termites feed on this and take a lethal dose of a termiticide back to the colony.
In concrete bait station - infestation.
This bait station was installed in a concrete path adjacent to a house and was dutifully checked 30 days later. It was loaded with Coptotermes termites! They were promptly baited.
Above Ground Baiting
Above ground baits can effectively eliminate colony that have infested a piece of timber in service.
These can be used to eliminate a colony that is infesting a building. However, a careful inspection and identification of the termite species must take place before a baiting program is decided upon.
A Termite bait station with bait being consumed.
Termite soldier head - showing colony elimination.
A Sentricon always active rod with termites.
Termites love eating our Sentricon Bait rods!