Termite stakes are designed to work similarly to bait and monitoring stations. However, do-it-yourself termite stakes typically are not as effective as their professionally-installed bait and monitoring counterparts.
Early Detection Termite Stakes
Some pest control companies use termite stakes as an early detection tool. These stakes may or may not contain termiticide for colony control. Stakes may be used as part of a comprehensive treatment program. They typically are not recommended as a home’s only monitoring and treatment method.
Do-It-Yourself Termite Control Stakes
Termite-killing stakes are marketed as do-it-yourself termite control products. These plastic stakes contain a cellulose material that termites like to eat, combined with a termiticide. In theory, these stakes should work like a bait system. However, since homeowners have not received professional training for installation and monitoring, these do-it-yourself stakes often are not as effective as professionally-installed bait systems.
Manufacturers acknowledge the limitations of these do-it-yourself products on the product label and directions. Termite control stakes are marketed as one part of a comprehensive termite control program. These products are not designed to control active infestations, and they are not effective enough to serve as a home’s sole means of termite prevention.
Termite Bait Stakes
Do-it-yourself stakes are not to be confused with bait stakes used in professional monitoring stations. For homes that do not have active infestations, experts may recommend monitoring stations as a detection device.
Once installed, a pest control expert will check the early detection stations periodically for activity. If subterranean termites are found eating the bait inside the plastic monitoring device, the pest control expert will replace the food-only bait stake with a bait cartridge that contains a termiticide to control the termite population.