The task of preventing a termite infestation in your home is one that you must be intentional about. Termites will continue to pose a threat to your home because it contains their main source of food – wood. The good news is that there are options for preventing a termite infestation in your home. One of the most effective options for preventing a termite infestation is to get set up with termite baiting stations.
What are termite baiting stations?
Termite baiting stations are designed to provide a physical record of termite activity near your home. The stations are set up around the perimeter of your home in 10’ to 15’ foot intervals. Inside each of the baiting stations, there is a piece of easily digestible wood. The baiting stations are designed so it is easy for termites to get inside and gain access to the wood when they are nearby. Termites eat on the wood and when the termite pro returns to check the wood the amount that remains will be an indication of the level of termite activity in the area.
Can baiting stations prevent a termite infestation in my house?
The biggest question about termite baiting stations is, do they work? If you are going to go through the effort of having termite bait stations installed around your home then you need to know that they are effective. Termite baiting stations can be extremely effective in preventing a termite infestation because they provide valuable information to the termite pros who check them. As termites move toward your home, they come across the wood in the baiting stations. When termites enter a baiting station and feed off of the wood, they leave evidence of their activity on the wood. If the wood shows that there is a lot of termite activity near your home the termite pro will treat it with termiticide and apply treatment to your home as needed.
What type of maintenance is involved with termite baiting stations?
An important part of the success of termite baiting stations is keeping up with routine maintenance. The wood in the bait stations will have to be replaced from time to time. The rate at which the wood is eaten provides insight into the level of termite activity around your home. Keeping up with the routine maintenance related to the baiting stations will help you stay ahead of any potential termite issues. The termite pro who installs your baiting system will come back every six months to check the stations, replace the wood, and apply additional treatment as needed. If the condition of the bait stations points to significant termite activity the termite pro may recommend further treatment.
Termite baiting stations can be part of an overall termite prevention plan. If the baiting stations are placed and maintained properly, they can provide an eco-friendly way to track termite activity. You can find out more information about getting termite baiting stations installed around your home by getting in touch with the pros at TAPS Termite.