Go GREEN and Eliminate Termites
Termite baiting was introduced in 1996 and has come a long way since. It all started because the old conventional Termite Barrier (a.k.a Chemical Treated Zone) systems started to fall short. At first, bait stations consisted of a plastic bag housing tasmanian oak which was placed into the ground to act as a termite lure. This meant that the termiticide was only added after activity had been noted inside the station. The problem this presented was that the effectivity of the bait stations relied completely on regular inspections. If inspections weren’t regular enough, termites could come and go without anyone noticing. Everything changed when Sentricon Always Active was released in Australia in early 2016. This new baiting system was designed with a termiticide pre-impregnanted timber rod. which means meant that as soon as termites find the station and commence feeding the colony control phase begins. This new system means that the stations are always working without anything that needs to be added, hence the name “Always Active“. Below is a graph of how they are normally installed around a residence.
I always recommend these stations to anyone looking for termite control for the following reasons:
1. They are in ground monitoring stations which means you can actually see how they work and when termites are active or inactive.
2. They can be moved around in soil and aren’t fixed to one spot forever, they can even be completely removed if desired or if you relocate to a new property.
3. They are a lot more environmentally friendly then the conventional chemical treatments that have been around for decades which often leave harmful chemicals in the soil for up to 15 years!
4. It is one of the only ways through which you can monitor and achieve elimination of a termite colony, which brings me to my next point.
Eliminate the colony!
Termite colony elimination is a very tricky and complicated procedure. Many pest control technicians will claim that they’ve found a termite nest by drilling a tree or a stump. While it is possible to find a termite nest by drilling a tree or digging into a mound, unless a queen has been sighted, there is no way of telling if that was the main nest or just a sub nest. Sub nests are “mini nests” constructed by the termites to stay hydrated while they are out foraging between their main nest and their food source.
The point I’m trying to make is that the only way to eliminate a colony is to find the queen or to get to the queen via the workers. We’ve already established that finding the queen is nearly impossible. Most people who are in the pest control industry, rarely, if ever, see a queen in their lifetime. This is what makes baiting such an appealing treatment strategy. The worker termites interpret the bait as a food source therefore taking it back to their nest. Termites share the bait through a process called “trophallaxis” which eventually works its way to the queen and the whole colony collapses shortly after. Once termites stop feeding on the bait, the colony can be declared as eliminated. The whole process can take a bit of time but it is worth it if it completely exterminates the colony while also providing a long term monitoring solution in case any future colonies travel to your property. Read more about Termite baiting on our page.
We are experienced termite control specialists and have developed our baiting systems to provide lasting termite control and giving you peace of mind when it comes to termites and your home. Our treatment strategy involves placing the baits in the most effective way to create a anti-termite perimeter control system. We also provide ongoing inspections and instead of having to chase us for follow-ups we book them in well in advance to ensure your Sentricon Always Active baiting system stays in top shape and keeps the termites away. Talk to one of our experts today if you’d like to hear more about Termite Baiting Systems.