Effectiveness of termite baiting systems vs traditional treatments?

Old 06-07-11, 04:55 AM
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Effectiveness of termite baiting systems vs traditional treatments?

Looking for experiences (good or bad) with termite baiting systems and whether they are comparable to traditional treatments as far as protecting a structure/home from termites. Thanks!
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I have used the in ground bait system a few years ago with good results. I purchased the whole system which included feeding stations, treated bait and a small block of wood which looked like balsa wood. This wood was recommended to first lure the termites to feed on it and then after a few days to a week, if termites were feeding on it then this was exchanged for the treated bait. However, I find from experience that if the feeding station is disturbed when removing the wood, then the termites would not eat the treated bait. So I stopped using the wood and just used the treated bait in the station. My house at the time was a row home and I could only use the stations in the garden at the front of the house.

I believe these feeding stations are meant for spot treatments because termites can still bypass the stations. Now professionals used the liquid chemical system to form a complete barrier of protection around the perimeter of the house. I am not sure whether the chemical kills them or just repels them. Now if the job is done right, termites should not be able to get into your house. I say should because if there are cracks in your basement floor or slab, then termites can enter. This would not be good news if you have a beautiful wood floor.

If you own a twin, termites can also enter your house from your neighbors side.
I would like a couple professionals to give their take on what I posted.

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