Protecting your home from damage is important when you want to protect the value of your property. That includes protecting your home from termite damage. Termites can cause extensive damage if they're not eliminated in time and controlling termites can be difficult when you don't even know they're in your house. An effective way to eliminate termites and prevent them is with a bait system. Here are three things to know about using termite bait.
1. The Bait Stations Are Out Of Sight
Termite bait stations can be left above the ground, but it's common to drill a hole and bury the stations so they're out of sight and not a danger to pets and kids. The stations are placed around the perimeter of your house so your home is protected from all angles. The bait can be buried in soil, and it can even be placed under concrete when necessary. The bait stations work quietly to monitor and kill termites so your home has continuous protection that's not in the way when you mow or play in the yard.
2. A Termite Bait System Is A Long-Term Solution
A bait station consists of a piece of wood or cellulose that may or may not be treated with termiticide initially. If the bait station is used for monitoring purposes only, the wood may not be treated. Instead, the pest control professional will check the stations regularly for signs the termites have been eating the wood. If they are, then termiticide is applied.
It only takes a small amount of termiticide when compared to liquid treatments that saturate the soil. When the termites take the bait back to the colony, the termiticide affects the growth of young termites so the colony is gradually eliminated. Baits are considered long-term treatments for termites. They can be used when liquids are prohibited, such as near water sources.
3. Termite Bait Takes Time To Work
Termite bait isn't fast acting. Termites have to find the bait stations in the yard when they're out looking for food. Once the bait is taken back to the colony, it takes time to work its way through the population. While baits alone can be effective at controlling termites, they can be combined with other termite treatments, such as liquids poured on the soil when you're battling a severe infestation on your property.
Your pest control professional helps you decide on the right way to fight termites after an inspection of your property. If a termite bait system is chosen, the pest control company installs and maintains the stations so you don't have to worry about maintaining them or doing any other termite treatments on your own.