Termite Baiting System
You have worked hard to buy and maintain your home. Now you are faced with an intruder that you cannot even often see. They burrow up from the soil and crawl in through any crack they can find. When you have to protect your home from a human intruder you install an alarm system. When you have to protect your home from the subterranean termite kind of intruder you install a termite baiting system.
A termite baiting system works by placing various stations under the ground to bait termites and kill them with growth hormones. Installation of a termite baiting system can be done by professionals or you can do it yourself. Getting a termite baiting system installed by professionals initially costs over $1000 and then around $300 a year after installation for monitoring services. To install and monitor the termite baiting system on your own, a termite baiting system can cost $150 to $400 to buy initially and $50 to $200 to monitor every year. This makes for a great cheap long-term alternative to hiring pest services every year, year after year.
While using a termite baiting system is the best way to prevent initial or future termite infestations, it does come with some challenges. One of the biggest challenges it the initial set up of the system. Getting the termites to start a regular feeding cycle off of the system is difficult. The best way to do this is to bury the termite baiting system stations in places that already have food sources for termites. For instance, if you have a big wood pile in your back yard, bury a termite baiting system station or two next to that. If you have a wooden fence, bury some more of the stations near it. That way the system will be more likely to attract the termites because they are already near the station. It can take a whole year for the termites to find the system station on which to feed.
Once the biggest challenge of getting the termites on a feeding cycle from the termite baiting system, it is time to start working with the growth hormone cartridges. The feeding cycle starts by a scout termite finding the source of food. The scout termites then send out pheromones that the worker termites can read. The worker termites begin to gather the food and bring it back to the queen, king, soldiers and scouts. Sometimes it can take an entire year before the scouts find the station as a source of food. Placing the stations near places that already are sources of food for termites can help but does not guarantee that the feeding cycle will be established quickly.
The cartridges should be monitored every 3 months to make sure that they are working. You also should keep an eye out to see when the colony dies. Once the colony dies, the cartridge is removed from the stations of the system and stations go back to being untreated monitoring systems.
After the colony is dead the termite baiting system should still be monitored every 3 months. If termites start a feeding cycle on the termite baiting system again that means that a colony has come back and that you will need to put the bait back into the stations.
The two main kinds of termite baiting systems are ones that use Chitin inhibitors and metabolic growth inhibitors. The Chitin inhibitors tend to work a little slower because they focus on the immature worker termites. The metabolic growth inhibitors work faster because they kill all of the termites.
The chitin inhibitors mess with the hormone that allows the young worker termites to malt properly. Malting means that the young termite has become a full mature termite. If the Chitin hormone is not present when the termite malts, the young termite will die. Eventually, the old worker termites will die naturally. With no younger worker termites to replace the old worker termites, there will be no worker termites to bring back food to the other termite casts. The termite colony will slowly starve.
The metabolic growth inhibitor works by keeping all of the termites from converting the wood and cellulose that they consume into usable energy. This termite baiting system ensures that the termites will die even though they are eating. It takes less time to kill the colony because it works on all of the termites at once rather than killing them all by first harming the one cast of termites.
Termite baiting systems are excellent ways to prevent an infestation of termites. However, even if you install one, you should still take the time to look for signs of termite infestation. No matter how unlikely it is that you will get an infestation with the baiting system in place, it is still possible. If you already have a house that is full of termites, installing a baiting system can be helpful but you will also need to use liquid and foam treatments to quickly get the termites out of the house. Termite baiting systems are in the ground and are meant to get the colony before it enters your home.
Termite baiting systems work like super security alarms for termites. Not only will they alert you to a possible termite colony getting ready to invade, they can also kill the termites. They are kinder on the environment than putting chemicals in the soil. Termite baiting systems are the next generation level in advanced termite control and eradication.