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Bait or Liquid: Which is Best for Termite Control?

Bait or Liquid: Which is Best for Termite Control?

Two common treatments exist when termites infest a house: baits and liquids. These aren't just two methods for delivering insecticide, either – they represent two important stages of response and protection. Let's talk about how they work, and what circumstances they really shine in.

What to Know About Bait

Termite bait is delivered in stations that are typically inserted into the ground or near damaged materials.

Sometimes baits are a type of alert; stations can be used to monitor areas for termite presence and track where the termite nest is and where termites have spread to. However, bait stations are also used to deliver termiticides particularly designed to kill termites. Many baits are slow-acting or made to build up in the system. Termites will carry the bait to their colony and feed it to the queen. Once termite queens are dead, the colony will start to collapse.

As a result, baits are best used early on in the process to see where they can pick up termites, and as a core treatment to target termites fast when they are in the house and already doing damage. Different products also give baits different advantages depending on the goals of the treatment, so they are a particularly adaptable solution. However, the bait stations depend on termites coming to them. If termites find a way around the bait station before it does its work, then the damage may continue. That's why professional placement of bait stations is important!

Liquid treatments are a good option for preventing infestations if you are worried about termites. However, the barrier cannot destroy a colony. This is why an infestation is often treated with bait stations first, and then later a barrier can be applied to prevent termites from causing more damage. The combination can be an effective one!

What to Know About Liquid

Liquid treatments are designed to form treatment zones around a house or building. Typically, a small trench is dug into the ground, the liquid is applied to the trench, and then it is filled back up again (although sometimes different liquids and sprays are applied in different ways). These liquids can be very potent — often, termites will die just from crossing over or will avoid drawing closer at all. When liquids are well-applied, they can prevent termites from reaching a house.

Obviously, this makes liquid treatments a good option for preventing infestations if you are worried about termites. Liquid treatments can be applied one time and guaranteed with a 1,5, or 10-year service agreement.

Do you have a pest problem or signs of damage that you would like inspected? Schedule your service with us today at Perfection Pest Control and find the right treatment for your issue!

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