Termite Treatments, Baits versus Chemical – Which is better?

Among the different termite treatments out there, baits and chemical treatments are without doubt two of the most effective solutions available to eradicate the presence of termites around your home. One of the questions people want to know is which is the better solution? Generally we recommend chemical treatments for their affordability and reliability however this depends on the unique circumstances of the termite activity in the home. Baits are still a very effective and useful option in some applications and often preferred by the homeowner. To give abetter picture of each, we explain how each termite treatment works in greater detail below.

Baiting Systems (Exterra® Feeding Stations)

Baiting systems work by placing baiting stations in the soil, particularly where termites have been spotted. Termites foraging for food find the baits and then share in with their colony. Bait stations consist of paper, cardboard and other cellulose containing products which termites love to consume along with the slow acting active ingredient in the baits which is lethal to termites. Baits must be monitored frequently to ensure that they are refilled, and repositioned if termites may be avoiding using them. Often untreated wood is used to attract termite activity and the baiting chemical is later added. The challenges of bait stations is getting termites to access the baits in the first instance, and this can take refining depending on the time of year when termites are most active.

Chemical Barriers (Termidor® Termiticide)

Chemical barriers are applied to the around the base of a building. They are required in many instances to be drilled and injected into the soil surrounding the home. They act as a moat of sorts in stopping termites as they reach the treated soil barrier before reaching the home. The termites will then transfer this treatment to other termites in their colony through contact, feeding and grooming.

So which is the better option?

Generally we will suggest chemical termite treatments instead of baiting stations, however baiting stations might still be appropriate in areas where no liquid is appropriate and sometimes in certain areas indoors where termites have been spotted. These places can include above termite infested timber or drywalls. Because baiting stations require more monitoring and servicing by a termite technician, general a chemical barrier is the more affordable option over the long term for those serious about protecting their home from termites. If you object to chemical treatment and pesticides around the home, baiting stations might be the right option for you depending on the extent of the situation. Whatever option, always get the advice of a professional pest controller when treating termites, and always have yearly inspection to protect your investment. To book a termite inspection, or arrange treatment to protect your livelihood, call Bennetts Pest Control today on 1300 661 008