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Termite Baiting

Termite Baiting is a safe and effective method of eliminating termites from your residence. We supply and use baits on a regular basis to eliminate termites from residences.

termites do not always eat the bait matrix, about one in ten will not take the bait and then other avenues have to be taken such as dusting the termites with a termite udst and then carrying out a full perimeter barrier with a termicide around the house.

The principle of baiting techniques is to have a susceptible substance in a bait station on which the termites aggregate and continue to feed once they have found the bait station. Bait stations can be placed in in-ground and above-ground situations. Placement of baits in areas conducive to termite activity ("directed placement") enhances the chances of contact with foraging termites. A bait toxicant in a cellulose matrix can be placed in the station which destroyed the termites when they eat the bait.  Bait toxicants eliminate the colony and reduce potential to cause further damage to timbers.

Termite baiting is most beneficial when used as part of an integrated-pest-management strategy. Colony elimination or suppression should be followed by hazard reduction and regular inspection. Monitoring should continue because only a small amount of toxin is used and does not prevent foraging by other termite colonies that may be present in the foraging range of a timber structure.

 

The bait we usually use in our termite baiting system is Sentricon Termite bait.

The Senticon II Termite Bait

Designed for both internal and external use, the Sentricon II termite bait contains a highly palatable and flexible cellulose based food substrate impregnated with an active ingredient called Hexaflumuron.

Hexaflumuron, a chitin synthesis inhibitor, inhibits the termites' ability to produce chitin (skin substance). As worker termites feed on the bait material, they transfer the Hexaflumuron throughout the entire colony via a process known as "trophallaxis". Termites shed their skin (molt) a number of times throughout their lives as they grow or as their skin is damaged. When the next molt, the exposure to Hexaflumuron renders them unable to produce chitin. Consequently they die, leading to the delineation of the entire colony.

The size of the colony influences the amount of bait required and the time it takes to eliminate the colony, i.e. older colonies have a greater number if embers hence takes longer to eliminate. Trial work conducted in Australia in 2003 has shown the average termite colony was eliminated within 6 months of baiting, using 357 grams of Sentricon II termite bait. It was found that feeding on the bait generally ceased 2 months prior to elimination being claimed.

By measuring the quantity of Sentricon II termite bait consumed and noting visual changes to the termites, the Pest Control Professionals can determine, with confidence, when colony elimination has been achieved.