What is Termite Baiting?
The purpose of a Gold Coast Bug Squad termite bait system for domestic or commercial purposes is to intercept termites around the perimeter of your property before they cause damage to your home or business. The main objective of this procedure is to eliminate termite colonies. We achieve this by encouraging the termites to return the termite bait back to their colony, also known as a termite nest. Baiting stations are a great alternative to help eradicate termites whereby a chemical barrier is not possible. Baiting Systems are also a safer solution for customers who prefer a more natural, non-chemical protection system.
How Termite Baiting Works?
Termite bait systems are designed to intercept termites in the ground area around a property or structure. When a Termite Technician discovers live termites feeding on the timber interceptors inside the baiting system, our team is alerted to then mix up the powder-form bait, which looks very similar to mashed potato, for the termites to start feeding on. The treatment is slow-acting, so it allows the infected termites to begin transferring the bait back to their colony. The type of termite and size of the colony will determine the period of time the baiting process will take to complete, which is generally between 6-12 weeks before it is fully effective. The termite bait is an insect growth inhibitor, which causes termite jaws to soften so they are unable to consume anything other than the termite bait – leaving the timber safe and sound. The elimination of the colony will take place during the termite moulting process, which is when they shed their skin ready, which they do regularly in order to grow.
Are Termite Baits Safe?
Yes, the active ingredient is sodium chloride, commonly known as salt. The bait has no odour and is irresistible to termites. It contains a chitin synthesis enzyme inhibitor, so it is only effective on creatures with an exoskeleton. Therefore, termite baiting stations are safe and won’t have any harmful effects on your family, pets, native animals or employees at your place of work.