When it comes to termite protection, many people ask the question “Should I do it myself?” As a homeowner, you want to find ways to save money which is totally understandable. However, when it comes to protecting your home from termites, it simply isn’t worth the risk.
Why should I not try DIY solutions for termite protection?
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you want to stay away from store brand termite stations like Spectracide Terminate and other similar DIY products. The main reason that you should not to go with this particular system is that it does not give you the protection you need and it does not allow you to inspect properly.
The instructions on the box ask you to place these around your home. Basically, if something feeds on it, then a stick will pop up. This is your warning that something is there. However, over time baits deteriorate. Without checking them regularly, you could end up not having any protection at all. If a bait station needs replacing, there’s a problem because once termites are disrupted in their feeding, they can go in another unpredictable direction.
Another issue is that ants also can get into these stations which can send false alarms to you. You could be baiting wrong insects and never know it. You could end up spending more money replacing them than you would if you had a regular termite control service, and all of that money would be spend just basically feeding ants. This is what the supplier wants.
And, if termites ever get inside your home, you are then stuck with a bill of maybe thousands of dollars in damage. Even though your intentions were right, the system has no guarantee. It’s not worth the risk. Please don’t waste your time with it.
What is termite baiting? How does it work?
A termite bait system is designed to kill termites in a different way than a liquid treatment. A liquid treatment creates a barrier between your home and the termites through a treatment in the soil around your foundation. The bait systems are geared towards killing off the colony itself. There are many different types of professional baits out there. As long as they are followed by their label, they do a great job.
Here in Georgia, the prominent termite we face is subterranean termites. These termites live underground, so the bait station is one of the best treatments for preventative and control measures because they are easily accessible to the termite.
On the left side, you see an example of termites reaching the baits through the soil. Because these termites tunnel through the ground, they feed on these baits and then go back into their colony. The queen termite is the brains of the colony, where all of the termites live. When a termite brings the bait back to the colony, she is then affected by the bait, which will then spread to the entire colony, resulting in its elimination. With this approach, small amounts of material known as toxins knock out the population of termites foraging in and around your structure.
Depending on the bait station’s label, they need to be placed within 12 to 15 feet apart, but always follow the label about the spacing. Periodically they need to be checked for activity and replacing the inside baits when needed to keep the termites busy.
Regularly inspect for termites.
No termite control method can guarantee you will never get termites, but the termite baiting system is a simple process. It can be used preventatively to detect termites where they are not yet a problem. Think of the baiting system as a smoke detector. It’s a great tool to tell where termites are nearby.
Always do an inspection of your foundation. If you see termite tunnels against it, then a liquid treatment may be needed because termites are there or a colony is nearby. If you have a crawl space, you need to periodically check the crawl space. I’d recommend twice a year. Due to moisture and less activity in crawl spaces, it creates a hot spot for termites.
Future Services does a great job of protecting homes, so why wait until you have an issue when you can simply prevent the issue entirely? Ask yourself: “Is it really worth not having protection?” Your home is the largest investment you will ever purchase. It protects you and your family. Do you want termites inside eating your investment? Guess what? Homeowner’s insurance does not cover termite damage, but we do.
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