Pros & Cons of Termite Bait Systems

Termite baits have been used to help control subterranean termite infestations for decades. Termite bait systems (also known as termite baiting systems) can be used as a home’s sole prevention and control method, or in conjunction with liquid soil treatments to control known termite colonies. Your pest control expert can recommend the prevention and treatment approach that will be most effective for your home.

Advantages to Termite Bait Systems

  • Early detection stations can be used without chemicals to test for the presence of termites.
  • Bait systems use a limited amount of insecticide in very targeted locations, which makes them a relatively eco-friendly method of termite treatment. In fact, termite baits may be used in situations where liquid termiticides are prohibited, such as near water sources that could become contaminated.
  • It is much easier to install termite baits around a house than it is to apply liquid soil treatment around a house.

Disadvantages to Termite Bait Systems

  • Bait systems typically use slow-acting toxins. Liquid termiticides applied to the soil will kill termites more quickly. Depending on the colony’s size and amount of interaction with the bait, termites may continue to damage a structure for months until they are controlled completely by a bait system.
  • Bait systems need to be monitored even after a colony has been suppressed since baits do not offer any residual effects to prevent future infestations.
  • Bait systems can be more expensive than soil treatments.
  • If you are looking to buy or sell a home that is undergoing termite treatment, legal documents can be more complex when you choose to use slow-acting bait systems, rather than liquid termiticides that control colonies more quickly.