Subterranean termites are difficult to detect. Because their nests are often located deep underground, termites can forage for food while safe in their underground tunnel networks. But just because you can't see them, or any evidence of them, doesn't mean that they aren't somewhere nearby. Termites never sleep.
A great long-term solution to protecting your home from termite invasion is termite baiting. Using this system, you can eradicate entire termite colonies before they reach the walls of your home. In fact, termite-baiting systems have many advantages.
1. Baits Distract Termites
Once you or your pest control service place the bait stations around your home, you'll have a means of distracting termites. Termites feed on cellulose, which is a material you can find in wood, and once they find it, they inform their nest. The nest then sends out a stream of workers to collect the woody material for the nest. If you or your pest control provider place the baits intelligently, termites will find the baits before they find your home.
2. Baits Can Be Placed Anywhere
Unlike liquid soil treatments, which are limited in where you can place them, bait stations can go anywhere on a property. If you have an underground well, then bait stations won't contaminate that well, unlike liquid treatments.
3. Baits Can Be Placed Next to Termite Tubes
You can also improvise when using baiting stations. For instance, if you find a termite mud tube in your home or somewhere on your property, you can place a baiting station on or next to that mud tube. Termites can detect cellulose, which means they might alter the path of their tunnel to intercept your bait station. They will then take the chemical poison back to their nest.
4. Baits Are Easy to Monitor and Maintain
The baiting stations go around your property and rest within the soil, just visible to the naked eye if you look closely enough. Each one contains cellulose and the chemical, hexaflumuron, which inhibits termite growth and eventually kills them. All you or your bait system provider need to do is monitor the bait stations for termite activity.
5. Baits Provide Long-Term Protection
Each baiting station contains enough food and poison to give you protection for months, possibly longer if the local termite population is small. However, don't forget that your bait system provider will need to check your baiting system every few months or so to look for termite activity and to place more bait or poison if necessary.
Reach out to a professional to learn more about different termite treatments.