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Written by Tim Denner
on August 26, 2021

Termite baiting systems can be an important part of a comprehensive termite prevention plan. Successful termite prevention is not a ‘set it and forget it’ process. There are always termites that are on the move which means that your home is always at some level of risk for an infestation. One of the ways termites move and find new homes to infest is through swarmers. Swarmers are winged termites that leave one colony and search for a place to establish a new colony. The other way that termites move and infest homes is through the ground. Basically, there are some termites that will stumble upon your property as they move through the soil in your area. Both types of termites are a threat but you approach prevention differently. It is important to learn what termite swarmers look like and keep an eye out for them in the summer and spring. You can monitor termite activity in the soil surrounding your home by putting in baiting stations. Baiting stations include an installation and monitoring process that requires the help of a professional.

Installation process

If you go down to your local or big box hardware store, you will likely find that there are termite baiting stations available for purchase. The process of installing baiting stations may seem simple – according to the instructions on the package – but the reality is that the installation process can be complex. In order to get maximum effectiveness, your bait stations need to be placed at the appropriate distance from your house and from one another. It can be difficult to determine exactly where to place the stations if you are not familiar with or trained on the process. A termite professional will be able to accurately determine where the baiting stations should be installed in order to provide you with the information about the termite activity that you need.

Monitoring process

In order for termite baiting stations to do what they are intended to do; they need to be monitored regularly. This means going out and checking the wood in each station for signs of termite activity. Many homeowners who install baiting systems on their own do so with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, with all of the demands of life, it can be difficult to keep up with regular monitoring. If you hire a professional to install your baiting system, routine monitoring is part of what you pay for. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you will take the time to actively monitor bait stations that you install yourself.

Treatment process

The final step in the process of having bait stations is treatment. If the person monitoring the bait stations finds that there is a significant amount of termite activity in the area, the next step is to inspect the home for signs of an infestation. In some situations, the property will need treatment and in others, a preventative termiticide is all that will be necessary. If you hire professional help with the baiting stations you can leave all of this up to the pros. However, if you install and monitor the baiting stations on your own it is up to you to determine when treatment is necessary.

You can install termite bait stations on your own but it comes with significantly more risk than having a professional install and monitor the stations. The pros at TAPS Termite can install and monitor bait stations at your property. And, if treatment ever is necessary, they can recommend and apply that treatment.

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