Termite Traps; A New Improved And Effective Way To Get Rid Of Termites
A termite trap is a device that is designed to trap and enclose termites. For many years the most commonly used method of getting rid of termites was the conventional barrier, this is where a termite insecticide is applied into a trench dug all across the building to prevent termites from accessing the building. All the termites that tried to get past the barrier were repelled by the smell or even killed. However, this method was not effective enough since sometimes it was impossible to uniformly apply the pesticide to the soil in order to achieve enough coverage on the soil. Most owners objected to the drilling involved in this treatment as it came with concrete damage sometimes.
Termite traps came with an entirely different concept. Termite traps consist of products rich in termite food like paper and cardboard combined with a mild poisonous element to get rid of termites. The poisonous element in the bait must be slow so as to avoid a scenario of dead termites piling up near the bait causing other termites to keep off from the bait. Some termites will consume the trap and share it with their mates in the nest, which results to a gradual reduction to the termite population.
Termite traps vary on methods of insertion. Some are inserted into the ground while others are inserted into the building near active termite mud structures. The termites can, neither smell nor sight the traps they just bump into the baits while they are going about their business. The probability of termites bumping into the baits is increased by placing more bait into the ground at fixed intervals of 20- 30 feet apart in areas with termite activity. The more traps fixed the better it becomes for the termites to bump into the traps.
Subterranean are known to feed at different places within their location, hence it is very easy for them to bump into the traps. Patience, persistence and planning are the key attributes that one must have so as to achieve success when using underground traps. Home owners must be willing to go through a lengthy process of trapping so as to achieve the desired results.
The second type of termite trap is the above the ground termite installations. This is where the termite traps are placed along the paths of active termite tunnels. Sometimes the termites can be placed on top of the wood that has been infested by termites. However, these methods are used together with underground traps.
Termite traps have proved to be more effective than the traditional termite control systems. They are also advantageous as they save the compound owner the drilling involved with conventional barrier treatments. The aim of baiting programs is to eliminate entire termite colonies by continuous monitoring and addition of trap when necessary.
However, it is more advisable to use a qualified technician from a reputable company as he will be in a better position to keep track of the program.