Stakes & Traps
In addition to soil treatments and direct wood treatments, monitoring and bait devices (often called termite bait systems or termite traps) are also a common method to help control termite activity in and around homes. Your termite expert can help you determine which method or combination of methods will provide the most effective termite control for your home.
Some homeowners may refer to monitor or bait stations as termite traps. The most common reference is to Dow AgroSciences® Sentricon System.
Some pest control companies use stakes around homes as an early detection system for termite activity. Termite stakes may or may not contain termiticide. Most pest control companies think of termite stakes as monitoring devices, rather than treatment methods. Termite stakes may be used as part of a comprehensive termite protection plan.
Above Ground Termite Bait
Some subterranean termite bait manufacturers sell an above ground station which is put directly in the path of the termite tubes so as to "force feed" the termites the bait matrix. The above ground stations supplement the ground stations.
Do-It-Yourself Termite Stakes vs Bait Stakes
Termite stakes are an over the counter baiting system geared towards the homeowner. While these contain the same active ingredient found in one professional product, the manufacturer suggests calling a professional if termites are found.
How Do Termite Bait Stations Work?
Termite bait stations are an important termite control option for subterranean termites. These products have been used since the mid 1990s and have a proven success record. Baiting is less intrusive than traditional liquid treatments.
Termite Bait Traps
Termite bait traps are feeding stations for subterranean termites which ultimately provide control. The stations contain cellulose and the active ingredient is added which termites carry to the colony thus spreading the active ingredient.
Termite Stakes & Baits: Outdoors vs. Indoors
Since termites feed on wood, monitoring around a foudnation may now be accomplished using monitoring devices which contain cellulose. While termites found in monitoring don't mean an infesation necessarily, it provides "early warning."