Termite Bait Stations Protect Landscaping
By Chris Williams on May 7, 2013.
We just found out that we need to have a termite treatment. This upsets me for a couple of reasons. Last fall we had our yard professionally landscaped with all kinds of new shrubs and perennials and bulbs planted around the foundation. I can’t stand to see all that torn up so I’m shopping around trying to find a company that will do the least invasive termite treatment…
You’ve come to the right place! It’s true, just 20 years ago, most every termite treatment involved digging a trench around the foundation of the house and then injecting termiticide into holes every few feet. It was often a problem when there were groundcover plants or shrubs right up against the house. Plants sometimes had to be removed or, at the very least, were disturbed by the digging.
We have a much better method that we’ve been using almost exclusively for several years—the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System. Instead of trenching and drilling, we install termite bait station monitors. These are plastic tubes, about 2 inches in diameter, that are inserted into the ground around your home, flush with the surface. The only disturbance is the 2-3 inch wide hole that we drill for each bait monitor. The monitor tubes are green and blend into grass. In planting beds, the monitors can be covered with a light layer of mulch, making them practically invisible. The monitors have a locking cap that is child-resistant.
The bait station monitors contain a cellulose material that is impregnated with Sentricon’s Recruit bait. When termites discover the bait tubes, they enter through tiny holes to feed on the bait. They also carry bait back to their colony in the ground where they feed it to the queen and other termites, slowly eliminating or reducing the colony. Our trained termite technicians check the bait monitors twice a year to evaluate the termite activity and replace bait.
The good thing is you don’t even need to be home for the installation or the maintenance visits. There is no pesticide injected into the soil, and no pesticide application inside your home. And best of all, your new landscaping won’t be affected! Termite bait station monitors have changed the way we do termites!
Every termite situation is different. Our technicians will inspect your home to evaluate your problem and will set up a termite baiting and management program specifically for your home. Give Colonial a call.