Termite traps aren’t really “traps” per se; rather, they are various termite control methods used to exterminate these destructive insects. The most common type of termite traps are baiting systems, which lure worker termites with cellulose-containing food that contains a slow-acting termiticide. Below is some information about the most effective baiting systems and other termite control methods available to homeowners today.
With termite baiting systems, the baits typically consist of a mixture of paper, cardboard, and other cellulose-containing materials combined with a slow-acting insecticide that is lethal to termites. These termite baits laced with termiticides are consumed by worker termites and carried back to the nest to kill the entire termite colony over time. Baits are considered highly effective in destroying termites, but it will generally take weeks or even months to kill off an entire colony. For faster results, it is advisable to use several termite control methods simultaneously to treat the infestation.
Do I Need to Hire a Professional?
Over-the-counter termite traps and baits are simply not as effective as those available through a professional exterminator. In addition, a professional can install several monitoring stations into the soil in your yard in order to identify high-traffic areas where placement of the bait will provide the best results. In addition, a termite control specialist can recommend the products that are best for the type of termite infestation you have. Subterranean termites, for example, require different types of treatments and products than Drywood or Dampwood termites.
The most effective termite treatments will include a comprehensive termite control strategy using the right combination of baiting systems, liquid termiticides, and termite barriers. A termite control professional can recommend the right treatment strategy for your infestation. To learn more about termite traps and baiting systems, or to schedule a FREE home termite inspection with the professionals at ACTION Termite Control, call (877) 556-4131 today.