There is no level of termite infestation that is acceptable in your home. A small infestation will eventually grow and turn into a large infestation if you do not intervene. Ideally, you will never get to the point where you need to eradicate a large infestation because you took the necessary steps to prevent it in the first place. Termites are a constant threat and can make their way into structures even with several types of protection in place. However, putting those protections in place greatly reduces your chances of developing and infestation and gives you time to discover and deal with an issue before it grows. Some of the steps you can take to help protect against a termite infestation include – preventing water buildup in your soil, storing firewood away from the house, and getting routine termite inspections. Of all the prevention efforts you have at your disposal, the best way to protect against these pests is to set up baiting stations around your house.
Why baiting stations are best for termite prevention
Baiting stations are designed to intercept termites as they get close to your home. There are plenty of elements in and around your home that can attract termites. The wood used in the construction of your house, firewood stored close to your home, fallen branches from trees in the yard, and moisture-rich soil are all elements that can attract termites. The fact that your home looks like a buffet to hungry termites means that you must take preventative action. Baiting stations are placed in the soil about 10’ away from your house. A piece of easily digestible wood is placed inside of each baiting station. As termites move in the direction of your home they come across the wood in the baiting station and feed on it. When your termite pro comes out to check the bait stations the condition of the wood indicates the level of termite activity in the area. If there is a lot of termite activity, the termite pro will treat the wood with termiticide to kill off the surrounding termites. If there are signs of a lot of termite activity it can also prompt the termite pro to do an inspection of your home to ensure that it is still free from an infestation. The baiting stations are designed to act as a measure of termite activity near you home so you and your termite pro can make an informed decision about when treatment is necessary. Another reason baiting stations top the list as being one of the best options for prevention is the fact that they have a low impact on the environment and are considered eco-friendly.
Other steps that are needed to ensure the success of baiting stations
Baiting stations are not a set-it-and-forget-it termite treatment plan. They require regular monitoring and maintenance to remain effective. A termite pro will check the bait stations periodically – typically every six months – to make sure that everything is as it should be. It will be necessary to add more wood from time to time because of termite activity. You do not have to deal with the routine monitoring and maintenance of the bait stations. The termite pro you hire will include these services as part of your overall termite prevention plan.
Using termite baiting stations to help protect your home from termites is the best way to prevent termites from getting close to your property. In order to ensure that the termite bait stations remain effective, you will need to partner with a pro. TAPS Termite offers a termite baiting program that includes installation and maintenance of bait stations for a low annual cost. You can get the process started by contacting TAPS Termite to set up an inspection for your home.