Termite Baiting | Benefits & Limitations
  FUMAPEST uses the NEMISES Termite Baiting Sysyem  
     
 

Termite baiting to be successful depends on sufficient termites consuming sufficient termite bait. Even so there is NO guarantee another termite colony is not attacking your home.  Each situation must be assessed on it's merits.


Leading termite baiting systems commercially available in Australia include Advance (Bayer), Exterra (Ensystex), Nemesis (PCT International) and Sentricon (Dow) and Xterm (Sumitomo) Termite Baiting Systems.


FUMAPEST prefers to use the Nemesis Termite Baiting System which achieves the best practical purposes.


How termite baiting works best when live worker termites are found AND then a platic station with ternite bait inside is attached to such activity.  The worker termites eat the bait which contains a slow acting IGR insect growth regulator. The worker termites readily transfer the bait onto other termites in the central nest as part of their mutual feeding and grooming process. These termites die as they cannot complete their moulting process.
Regular monitoring: The above-ground termite bait stations are checked at 2 to 3 week intervals to assess levels of termite bait consumption by the termites. The termite bait is replenished as required. With sufficient consumption the entire termite colony can be eliminated. BUT remember that other termite nests may still infest the building.
BEWARE: Some unscrupulous pest control companies offer to install in-ground plastic stations as a termite "baiting" and monitoring program even if no live termites are found on the property and a complete soil treatment to AS3660 is a viable (and much better) long term option. REMEMBER: this strategy assumes the blind termites will "find" the monitoring stations, then and only then, is the termite bait added.

Many home-owners complain to us about such unscrupulous pest controllers. The home-owners were lead to beleive the termite "baiting" and monitoring plastic stations included the termite bait upon installation. Most often it doesnt, with termite bait added if the termites happen to find and infest the timber inside the in-ground stations. The termites may infest the building, long before blindly finding the in-ground stations around the perimeter of the building.


In-ground monitoring stations may be an option where a complete soil treatment to AS3660 is impracticable, such as, with a home built on sandstone (no soil thereunder) or a terrace attached in a row of joined terraces or a ferry wharf, where a complete soil treatment to AS.3660 cannot be carried out. Each case to be assessed on it's merits.
 
     
  Above-Ground & In-Ground Termite Bait Stations  
     
  Above-ground baiting of live termite activity found: An excellent initial strategy whereby the termite bait is immediately placed in an above-ground station and onto the timbers where termites are found feeding. The termite bait is highly attractive to destructive termite species. This means termites readily feed on the termite bait, taking it back to the central as part of their mutual feeding and grooming process.
Termites cannot avoid what they cannot detect: Registered termite baits are designed so that the IGR chemical cannot be detected by the termites. They do not know were the deadly effect is coming from. The insect growth regulator active ingredient stops the termite colony being able to reproduce as the Queen termite becomes affected and dies. The termite bait is replenished or refreshed periodically.
In-ground bait stations - picture on left - if used should be regularly inspected for termite activity therein. Once feeding commences the bait should be replenished every 2 to 3 weeks. The termite colony loses whole generations of replacement members and gradually declines and finally collapses, particularly as the Queen is affected and dies.
The effects of the NEMESIS Termite Bait are visible and can be tracked with some degree of reliability. The termite’s natural habits, food preferences, energy saving and feeding behaviour are all used against the colony.

In-ground monitoring of termite activity: If live termites cannot be located, special in-ground monitoring stations can be placed either in the soil, through concrete or under pavement at strategically important points around a building. These stations can be inspected on a regular basis at intervals o