How well do termite bait stations work in the Houston area? That’s the question answered by Chris Millward and Darrell Mather in this video by BUGCO Pest Control. Call us at 281-240-2157 for answers to your questions and a termite inspection for your property.
Summary of Do Termite Bait Stations Work
How well do termite bait stations work? Can you buy bait stations at a big box store and expect to keep your home safe from termites? The answer is that the best protection against termites and the best way to eliminate termite colonies depends on lots of factors like the species of termites you’re protecting against and the location of your property. A professional termite control technician is the best qualified person to inspect your property and make recommendations to you. The manufacturer of consumer termite bait stations even recommends calling a professional pest control company like BUGCO. Call BUGCO at 281-240-2157 to protect your home from termite damage.
- Termite bait stations aren’t always the best option to protect your property from termites, but sometimes we use them as the best way to detect the presence of termites and eliminate a colony. We may have to use them for environmental reasons because we can’t use our very effective liquid treatment Termidor within 65 feet of a pond, lake or stream. We also sometime use bait stations to kill termite colonies established in a building and not in contact with the ground.
- The big box stores sell termite bait stations from Spectracide. These bait stations might kill some termites, but they might also break up the termite colony to form new colonies. Your termite problem just got worse! In fact on its website Spectracide includes the following warning — Spectracide Terminate products are not recommended as sole protection against termites, and for active infestations, get a professional inspection.
- A liquid treatment of Termidor HE around the foundation of your home or building can last for 8 – 10 years.
- With annual re-inspections, we can provide our customers with a lifetime, transferable warranty. Call our office at 281-240-2157 for more information.
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Transcript of Do Termite Bait Stations Work
– Hi, I’m Paul Sherland and I’m with Darrell Mather of BUGCO. There are some pest control companies that basically put out bait stations around the house and then they look for, evidence, that the bait stations have been visited and then they put termiticide in there.
– Chris Millward is over here, he has something to say.
– Bait stations aren’t always the greatest of use, but sometimes you have to, if you’re near water sources or you have some kind of environmental reason why you shouldn’t apply a liquid chemical. Bait stations do have an importance, but it’s not something you’d usually want to use for the majority of your services.
– Is there some sort of a station that you do use that combines the termiticide with the bait?
– Yeah, so everything we do is about the environment so we got to be safe and careful, how we apply it. We have bait stations that we can apply better for monitoring and then we also have bait that we can switch out, that has a termiticide in it, that helps spread through the colony to kill ’em.
– But, like sticking the termiticide in the soil, one is the cost of it, two is why are you putting poison in the ground when you don’t need to? So when you find activity, that’s when you switch to the termiticide and the bait but ideally, doing a liquid treatment, it lasts longer and it stays limited just around the structure, where you apply it, when applied properly, to the label.
– Now, what about the monitoring stations that we’re installing on the interior of the home?
– That is kind of a new one. It has a bait in it and what it does is, we have tubes coming out of a wall, like it’s usually more common with Formosans. There’s some structural damage, you can put bait into the wall, that we can check quarterly, or semi-annually and it has a poison in it but it lets us see what activity is going on. Don’t really use them very often. Usually more common in like, Louisiana, where Formosans are more prevalent. In Houston,
– Well this is something like the historical building in Galveston, where they had the really high, vaulted ceilings.
– Yeah, Formosans for example, they don’t need contact with the soil. Once they get up in the walls, their own actual urine can keep their cartridge nests moist enough, or if they have a water source near, like a crack in a wall, or near a water heater or something, they can get moisture there, so in those cases you’d need to use the bait stations that you put in the wall, because you might not ever find the cartridge nest. So you have to do different strategies. That’s why you can’t always just use liquid applications. And you really want to stay away from repellants as much as possible. There’s Spectracide. Termites, it’ll kill ’em, but it might actually make ’em break apart and spread ’em.
– Well, we are known as the Bayou City and that’s for a reason, just there’s water everywhere and you can only apply the liquid application within so many feet, so they are warranted in a lot of instances.
– Yeah, we only use Termidor here. Termidor HE, for liquid applications, top of the line as a non repellent, but you’re not allowed to apply it within 60 to 65 feet of any water source.
– Well, not including swimming pools, but you know.
– Anywhere there’s fish, because our job is really environmental. We got to be conscientious about the environment.
– And there was a phrase that I remember Danielle used in one of the videos, “the label is the Law at BUGCO”.
– Yeah, that’s definitely rule number one, so.
– Thank you very much, thank you all very much.
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