Termites are not lured to the termite baits, one must wait until they encounter them by “chance” during their random foraging activities. Systems like this are very expensive to install and they require maintenance every single month in order to stand a chance at being effective. Until such time as the termites “take the bait” they can continue to damage the home. Sometimes termites will continue to damage the home even after they “take the bait”.
On think is for sure, termite companies make more money installing baiting systems, the bait stations are cheap, they can be installed by unskilled help and best of all the company charges you more money for something that costs them less and the company gets paid over and over again because of the required ongoing maintenance required.
Many questions about baits are still without answers. One thing we do know is that the products will not perform by simply hammering a few baits into the ground and walking away. Success requires thoughtful installation and diligent monitoring by an experienced service technician, backed by a responsible pest control firm.
Application of sub surface pesticides usually achieves faster control, it is also frequently more effective and more economical. Many times baits are in place for years while the termites keep munching away on the wood structure of your home.
Michael Del Greco is President of Accurate Inspections, Inc. A New Jersey home inspection firm. He has performed thousands of home inspections in New Jersey since 1993. He has taught the New Jersey Home Inspector Licensing classes and New Jersey Home Inspector CEU classes as well as participated in developing questions for the National Home Inspector Exam. Michael’s home inspector resume may be viewed at http://www.accurateinspections.com/michael2.htm.
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