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How Termite Baiting System will Protect your Home Against Termite Infestation?
This discussion applies to the use of termite baits throughout the entire Bangladesh. If you have a constructed building/ house in Bangladesh you must have to be introduce with this products or devices, In Bangladesh among five building four building must be invaded with termites!
Termite Baits are an important tool for termite prevention and control programs. A typical termite treatment on a home is done with a soil-applied liquid termiticide. However, there are a number of situations where a baiting system may be preferred or the only alternative to a liquid treatment or may even be used to supplement a liquid treatment. For example:
Which is the best method of termite control?
Because liquid treatments and bait treatments are used (and work) very differently from each other, it is difficult to compare the two methods in terms of which one works “better”. Soil-applied liquid termiticides act essentially as chemical barriers to stop invading termites and kill the ones that are actively infesting the structure. Termites encounter these treated barriers during the course of their normal underground foraging (“food hunting”) activities. Some termiticides, such as those containing fipronil (Termidor®), imidacloprid (Premise®), or chloranraniliprole (Altriset®), kill termites more slowly when the insects come in contact with the treated soil. Studies indicate that the “contaminated” termites may pass some of these non-repellent chemicals to other members of their colony which increases the overall impact of the termiticide.
Some termite baiting systems use strips of wood or cartridges containing compressed cellulose materials that act as monitors to detect termite activity before the bait is inserted. Other termite baits do not use monitors but simply use a compressed cellulose material that contains the chemical. All of the current termite baiting systems use bait stations that are inserted into the soil about 2-4 feet away from the foundation and at no more than 20-foot intervals around your home. They may be placed closer when areas contain potentially infested items, such as a tree stump.
With termite baiting systems, the worker termite obviously must find and eat the bait in order for the chemical to be effective. It is important to realize that the current bait delivery systems (the bait stations) and their contents do not “attract” termites. Termites find the stations during their normal foraging (food “hunting”) activities, just as they might find any other underground food source, such as the roots of tree stump. The acceptability of this “food” in the station results in more termites coming to feed on it. There is no way to predict how soon termites will find and feed in a bait station so an important part of the baiting strategy is to install the stations completely around the structure and to target known or suspected sites of termite activity (e.g., tree stumps near the house). For that reason, a thorough inspection of the house and immediate property is important before the stations are installed. Also, weather may adversely affect termite foraging. If the soil becomes very dry (for example, during drought), termites may move further down or stay in surrounding moister soils (such as in mulched or irrigated areas) and so they may be less likely to travel to stations in the drier areas.
Baiting is a long term approach to termite control.
Unlike most conventional insecticides, the impact of termite baits is not immediate. By design, the insecticides used in the baiting systems are slow acting “insect growth regulators” (IGRs) so that the bait can be spread by the foraging worker termites to other members of the colony that do not collect their own food. This includes the reproductives (the “king’ and ‘queen’) and the soldier termites, as well as those workers that maintain the nest and tend new offspring. However, unlike regular pesticides, the IGRs disrupt the ability of the insects to molt which means that only affect immature termites that are still growing (and molting). The IGRs do not affect the reproductives and soldiers. As a result, it may take several months before the entire colony is substantially reduced. As workers are killed, fewer termites are available to collect food and feed the rest of the colony. Eventually, the king and queen (and soldiers) starve to death . The time of year will also affect how quickly termite activity is eliminated. For example, if the bait system is installed in the fall against an active infestation, you might still see activity, including swarming (winged) termites in the spring. This is particularly true for the bait products that contain insect growth regulators (see product information below) that do not affect the adult swarmers. However, this same situation may occur even with a liquid treatment that is done very late in the year (or in the winter).
The baiting program continues year-round as long as you maintain your contract with the pest control company. The key to a successful termite baiting program is proper monitoring and maintenance of the stations. Make sure you understand the monitoring/inspection schedule followed by the company and that you receive regular updates after every inspection, which may occur monthly or quarterly.
Possible Drawbacks to Termite Baiting Systems
This issue does not have a simple answer, but here are a few points for you to consider:
Treatment Cost – the initial cost of the baiting system may be higher than that for a liquid treatment. Termite treatments, whether they’re baits or liquids, are labor-intensive and based largely on the dimensions of the house. The size (“footprint”) and complexity of your home’s construction can affect both baiting and liquid treatments in similar ways. For example, larger houses will require more soil-applied chemical or more bait stations in order to do the job compared to a house with a smaller footprint. However, the cost for a liquid treatment can be affected more significantly by factors such as the type of construction. For example, drilling and treating concrete slabs, such as garages, porches and patios, and masonry voids (block foundation walls) is required under North Carolina rules (and often by the product labels). This increases both labor and chemical costs. Also, since liquid termiticides are applied to a vertical area of soil and must reach a certain depth (4′ or the top of the footer, whichever is less), a basement house could cost as much as 4X more to treat compared to a crawlspace or slab house of the same size depending on how deep (below grade) the basement extends.
As noted earlier, in many instances a house may not “treatable” with a liquid termiticide (e.g., wells under the house) OR a liquid treatment may be difficult or environmentally questionable. In these situations, the seemingly higher “cost” of a baiting system must be weighed against its benefits in protecting you and the environment.
Contract Maintenance – You can probably go anywhere on your property and find termites, but that doesn’t mean that they are constantly attacking your house. It does mean that there is always a chance that termites may find a way to invade the house. Although we expect liquid termiticides to remain effective in the soil for at least 5 years (usually longer), this does not guarantee that termites will not invade your house for 5 years. An annual inspection is the only way to maintain that level of protection on your house. As with the termite treatment itself, the cost of the annual contract renewal can be affected by factors such as type of construction which can impact on the extent of any post-treatment routine inspection. For example, certain types of slab homes as well as homes with finished basements have far less exposed areas where you might be able to detect termites when they first invade the home. Pest control companies may charge more for an annual contract simply because of the greater risk (to them and to you) if they cannot detect termites in a timely manner. It is somewhat similar to having higher medical insurance premiums because of some previous health problems that make you a greater “risk” for certain medical problems in the future. The renewal for a baiting system contract is likely to cost 2x-4x more than one for a liquid treatment because the bait stations are typically checked at annually or as much as four times per year (more frequently when termites actually attack a station) whereas houses treated with a liquid soil treatment are inspected annually. The number of yearly bait station inspections is dictated by the product label. Also, with a termite baiting system, if you discontinue your contract, then the company usually removes the stations or simply stops servicing them. Depending on when the house was last treated (and with what chemical), quite likely you will be left with little, if any, chemical protection against termites and you may well need to have your house retreated conventionally at some point. The bottom line is that termite baiting requires a long-term commitment on your part. Take this point into consideration when making your decision.
NOTE: If you decide that you prefer the baiting system approach, make sure that your contract includes an annual inspection of your house. No chemical termite treatment, whether it’s a liquid or a bait system, is going to be 100% effective every time. If there is termite activity in your crawlspace and it’s ignored for many years, you could end up with serious damage. An annual inspection of your house is critical – make sure that the pest control company provides one.
Current Termite Baiting Systems
The information presented here is not intended as an endorsement of one bait product over another or for the use of the baits over liquid termiticides. As with any termite control product, we recommend that you
All of the currently approved termite bait products are registered for “standalone” use, i.e., as the sole means of controlling the termites. Some pest control companies may recommend that they first treat the soil with a liquid (if possible) to stop current termite activity in the house either to the immediate area of termite activity (i.e., a “spot” treatment) or possibly to the entire exterior of the structure with the baits serving as a monitoring/supplemental control component. Before signing a contract for any termite treatment, make sure that you understand what control methods will be used and to what extent each is serving in protecting your home and the additional cost of combined methods (versus the use of either a bait or liquid treatment alone). Below, you will find information about the common baiting/monitoring systems registered for use in North Carolina by pest control professionals. These products are listed alphabetically. The mention here of specific products is not an endorsement of any one product over another or of baiting being better or worse than a liquid treatment. The information is here to provide you with basic understanding of termite baiting and to allow you to pursue additional information before making a decision on how to proceed in protecting your home:
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